United Party for National Development (UPND) presidential running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba’s lawyer Jack Mwiimbu has dismissed allegations that his client had forged General Certificate of Education from University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate submitted to the Examination Council of Zambia (ECZ) but was not presented to the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
In response to an article that appeared in the Daily National titled “GBM forges”,Mr Mwiimbu said that his client,GBM, has never had in his possession the purported forged certificate nor has he uttered such a certificate before the Electoral Commission of Zambia in his quest to be the running mate to Mr. Hakainde Hichilema the Presidential candidate for the United Party for National Development.
Mr Mwiimbu further said that Mr Mwamba has an advanced Diploma in Finance and Investment obtained from the London School of Business and Finance.
“It is imperative to note that pursuant to the judgement by the Honourable Judge Dominic Sichinga in Sibongile Zulu and Electoral Commission of Zambia and Attorney General 2016/HB/24, our client exercised his rights by tendering an advanced Diploma in Business and Finance as authenticated by the Zambia Qualifications Authority to the Electoral Commission of Zambia to enable them to process his documents as running mate,” read the statement.
“In light of the above, our client denies any interest whatsoever in the purported certificate published by The Daily Nation. Further, our client challenges the Daily Nation and its collaborators to publish the qualifications of all candidates as per the provisions of Article 52(3) of the Constitution of Zambia Act Number 2 of 2016,” concluded the statement.
On Wednesday, PF’s Jean Kapata called on the police and other investigative wings to immediately start investigations into how Mr Mwamba acquired the GCE qualification and who could have assisted him to write his examination in such a short time before nominations.
“For all I know, you cannot acquire a higher qualification in England without a secondary school certificate and that is why Mr Mwamba should be investigated immediately. My wonder is…what could have motivated Mr Mwamba to submit a GCE certificate to Examinations Council of Zambia which he knew he was not going to present to the Electoral Commission of Zambia for his nomination as a presidential running mate. And who could have assisted Mr Mwamba to write the courses and subjects for his advanced Diploma which he used to file his nomination?” Ms Kapata asked.