Lusaka lawyer Kelvin Bwalya Fube (KBF) has dismissed the resignation of Former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba as meaningless and inconsequential.
Responding to those that wanted him to support the decision of Mr. Kalaba because he has been critical of the happenings in the party, Mr Fube said party members should stand with President Edgar Lungu and not to be swayed by those forming political parties.
“How do you want me to think objectively,you mean l must agree with you. I am sorry l can’t.”
“If you guys are not Happy with EL go and join NDC and leave us with our poverty. Bawishi, we have come a long way with PF before it was even fashionable,I suffered under Mwanawasa, I was one of the few bussinessmen that was constantly funding the party.”
He added, “I have enough experience to know a fraud when I see one. EL is our man unless the court says otherwise then we can consider others,definitely not Harry Kalaba.”
His comments follows on after political analysts suspected the move is an attempt to pressure President Edgar Lungu, who is considering seeking a third term. Mr Kalaba is said to be a possible candidate for the 2021 presidential election, should Mr Lungu step aside,
Speaking to Reuters, Lee Habasonda said: “People have started realising that they will not get nominated as long as Lungu insists on standing.”
However, Mr Kalaba did not refer to his presidential ambitions in the Facebook post, instead focusing on what he says is growing corruption at the highest level, as well as his desire to serve his “country and its people” over “a position, party or person”.
Meanwhile, PF Luapula Province women have told Harry Kalaba to consider quitting as Bahati Member of Parliament citing underdevelopment in the constituency.
Provincial Women’s Chairlady Mary Nkandu, the longest serving Provincial women leader in Zambia and resident of Bahati Constituency said Mr. Kalaba’s resignation as Foreign Affairs Minister was not enough since he was still MP.
Ms. Nkandu, a former journalist said being a resident of Bahati herself she had always received complaints from people about lack of development in the constituency.
“Since ba Kalaba has resigned as Minister, let him also consider quitting as MP because we are as good as not having a representative. He is not regularly visiting the people. I am a resident of Bahati, I don’t see him. People have no access to him because he doesn’t even pick up people’s calls. Ask anyone in Bahati, they will tell you the same,” Ms. Nkandu said.
Ms. Nkandu said Mr. Kalaba had neglected the people who voted for him by not developing the constituency because he was not regularly visiting them.
She said township roads in Bahati were impassable because Mr. Kalaba was spending time on petty issues instead of developing his constituency.
Meanwhile, Ms. Nkandu who was elected to his current position in 2006 has assured the PF Central Committee that the party in the Province was intact and in full support of President Edgar Lungu.
Ms. Nkandu explained that Mr. Kalaba’s resignation had not in any way shaken the party in the Province because he (Kalaba) wielded no influence.
She said the party in the area had resolved to rally behind President Lungu’s leadership ahead of the party convention.
“We are 100% behind President Lungu. He has done a lot for Luapula and even our women here are so happy. We are unshaken by Kalaba’s resignation. It’s nothing and has no impact on anybody including Bahati,