United Party for National Development (UPND) vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba commonly known as GBM has been put on bed rest.
This came to light this morning when Mr Mwamba failed to appear in the Magistrates Court at Lusaka Complex in the case where he is charged with threatening violence against the Head of State Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu.
When the matter was called in court 4 before Senior Resident Magistrate Ms Jenpher Bwalya State Prosecutor Dennis Manda informed the court that the state was ready to proceed with trial but that the accused was not before court. He said neither the sureties for Mr Mwamba were in court.
But one of the lawyers representing Mr Mwamba Ms Martha Mushipe informed the court that her client was unwell. She presented a note to the court showing that Mr Mwamba was put on bed rest for some days.
And when contacted for a comment about the development PF Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya who reported Mr Mwamba to the police causing his arrest in March said he couldn’t speculate on whether Mr Mwamba was indeed unwell.
“I can’t speculate on whether GBM is telling the truth. But what I think is that his illness was sudden and it must have occurred immediately after he finished insulting President Lungu at a press briefing yesterday (Thursday) at his residence”, said Fr Bwalya.
The PF Deputy Spokesperson who was also President Lungu’s Deputy Campaign Manager in the just ended general election said Mr Mwamba’s sudden illness was God’s way to remind him that it was an abomination to insult the leader God had chosen for his people.
The matter has been adjourned to 28 September 2016 and bail for Mr Mwamba has been extended.