Expelled Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has charged that he can win back his Roan parliamentary seat even without campaigning.
And Mr Kambwili says President Edgar Lungu has never liked him.
Addressing a media briefing at his House in Lusaka on Monday, Mr Kambwili says he is very popular in Roan and that he can win back his seat even without campaigning.
He however explained that his decision to challenge his expulsion in court is aimed at saving the party from what he called as vultures.
“I can tell you Roan is safe. Even if we went to an election, I am here in Lusaka, I am sleeping, I would win the Roan seat. I am going to court not to secure Roan but to save the PF from collapsing because if we leave PF the way they want us to leave it, I am telling you the consequences will be too grave to contemplate. And in any case, when you know that people want to push you out, it is not a good idea to surrender, you have to fight to the bitter end,” Kambwili said.
“I don’t want to disturb the programme. The people of Roan are suffering a lot and it would be selfish for me to go for a by election for me to prove a point that I am popular in Roan. I don’t want us to waste money. If our party will continue on this path, our party is destined to be out of the political scene. I will challenge my expulsion to save the party from vultures.”
Mr. Kambwili stated that President Lungu has been avoiding to meet him since he was fired from his ministerial position nine months ago.
“Since I was fired, I have tried to meet the President one on one so that we can discuss where these differences are coming from but to no avail. Sometimes I go there and they tell you ‘wait here’, but you wait the whole day,” Mr Kambwili lamented.
He observed that President Lungu has changed from a humble person he was pretending to be since he was given a full five-year term by the party.
“When he was given the five years, he changed like a chameleon. You would agree with me that went to campaign for President Edgar Lungu in areas where the UPND had gained ground and threatened our existence because we believed in the man and he gave us a face that he could unite the party after Mr Sata, we were doing it for the love of the party and to save the party to avoid division in our great Patriotic Front but immediately he was given the mandate, the man changed like a chameleon. I will tell you something for nothing, and I think I am convinced beyond reasonable doubt that President Lungu hates me with a passion,” Kambwili said.
Mr Kambwili cited a case when he was unwell right after the 2016 elections and President Lungu apparently failed to show any care towards him.
He charged that President Lungu did not care enough to even call him during the time he was hospitalised and even the time he was discharged from hospital.
“Imagine the effort that I put in campaigning for him, I fell sick. I was extremely sick, I was admitted three days in ICU at Ndola hospital and I needed to be evacuated. The powers that be were informed, nothing happened. I was evacuated by my friends and of course with my personal resources. When I reached South Africa, the doctor was so shocked that I was able to fly for two hours. He said I need a well-equipped air ambulance. I was in the hospital three weeks at Morning Side but I never received not even one phone call from the president, secretary general or the vice-president.”
Mr Kambwili also revealed that he used his personal resources to campaign for President Lungu because he loved the PF so much and did not want the party to return to the opposition.
He said he spent K2 million of his personal resources to campaign for President Lungu because the party did not give him any resources.
“When I was doing all those campaigns, I was just given a K50,000 and the rest I used my personal resources, I used about K2 million to campaign on behalf of the party and the President. I only received K50,000 from Amos Chanda who wired it to me when I was in Kasama. The whole period of the campaign I never received anything from President Edgar Lungu and yet he was giving so much money to other people. Some candidates were being given K30,000 every week but I was not funded. I went and campaigned because of the love for the party. I feel PF is my baby and when you start up something, you do not want this thing to collapse or to die,” he said.