Former Informational Minister and Government Chief Spokesperson Chishimba Kambwili has expressed shock at reports circulating that he had boycotted the parliamentary address by President Edgar Lungu along with the UPND MPs.
In a message to the media, Dr Kambwili said that the reason he missed the address was because he was on leave and that President Lungu was aware of his whereabouts and that he had sought permission from the party’s chief Whip
Below is the full message
I am so shocked about insinuations that I have boycotted the parliamentary address by his excellency the president Mr Edgar Chagwa Lungu along with the UPND MPs.
First and foremost I am on leave, I have an illness in the family and I have been in the United Kingdom since Monday. It is absurd for people to create such malice especially at a difficult time like this for me and my family. President Lungu is the duly elected President of Zambia and I urge my colleagues in the UPND to accept this fact and move with time, our country faces a number of difficulties which require collective effort from all of us.
I informed his excellency of my whereabouts and I got permission from my chief whip. It is therefore unfortunate for individuals to fabricate lies.
Dr. Chishimba Kambwili