Ndola Central Member of Parliament Emmanuel Mulenga and his Chifubu counterpart Joseph Ngambi have been accused of orchestrating the latest schemes to discredit Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo.
Meanwhile, Lamba Chiefs are believed to be planning to officially complain to President Edgar Lungu over what they term as continued victimisation of Mr Lusambo by some Ndola based Members of Parliament.
A plot to discredit Mr Lusambo when President Lungu visits the province this weekend has been unearthed in which some Councillors want to portray Mr Lusambo as highly unpopular with the view to have him fired by President Lungu.
Some Councillors who opted to remain anonymous on Monday issued a statement on Radio Phoenix claiming that all Councillors in Ndola had passed a vote of no confidence in Mr Lusambo and were appealing to President Lungu to fire the Kabushi lawmaker for allegedly blocking development in Ndola.
The Councillors claimed that President Lungu risks losing the support of many voters on the Copperbelt if Mr Lusambo continues as Copperbelt Minister.
The statement was however quickly rubbished on Tuesday by Ndola Deputy Mayor Kennedy Kasaba on Radio Phoenix who stated that there has not been any such resolution by the Ndola City Council to revolt against Mr Lusambo.
Mr Kasaba who is also the Acting Ndola City Council Mayor said the statement attributed to some Councillors should be dismissed with the highest contempt as it was meant to bring confusion in Ndola.
But information has emerged that the Councillors who issued the statement on Monday have been paid by Chifubu Member of Parliament Frank Ng’ambi and Ndola Central Member of Parliament Emmanuel Mulenga to work against Mr Lusambo.
A source within the ruling PF in Ndola identified the Councillors working against the Copperbelt Minister as Pamodzi Ward Councillor Manase Siwila and Councillor Gilbert Musonda of Twapia Ward.
The source said others are Oscar Himanga of Kamba Ward and a Councillor Musonda.
It has been established that the two MPs have released money to print banners, placards and thousands of T-shirts denouncing Mr Lusambo which they will distribute to cadres to wear and display when receiving President Lungu on Friday at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport.
President Lungu is due to arrive in Ndola on Friday ahead of the Provincial Fundraising Dinner Dance slated for Saturday which is aimed at raising funds for the construction of the first ever PF Provincial Secretariat.
“What is happening is that these two MPs (Hon. Ngambi and Hon. Mulenga) feel that Bowman (Mr. Lusambo) is not working very well with them and so they have sponsored this revolt to show to the boss (President) that the Minister has failed and push for his dismissal. The story on Radio Phoenix is just part of the plan, in fact they plan to run some more negative stories on SUN FM using the same Councillors such as Siwila, Musonda and the group,” the source said.
The source said the two MPs want to frustrate Mr Lusambo because has taken a tough stance against illegal land allocation and several other irregularities in Ndola.
“Just ask yourself, Bowman is a Minister for the entire Copperbelt Province, how come these attacks only come from Ndola? This is not the first time that the same group has attempted to embarrass Mr. Lusambo through the media or during the time that H.E (President Lungu) is visiting,” the said observed.
Meanwhile, Lamba Chiefs under the Lamba Royal Establishment are said to be planning to officially complain to President Edgar Lungu over what they term as continued victimisation of Mr Lusambo by some Ndola based Members of Parliament.
The source said the Chief will make their feelings known to President Lungu in form of a petition asking why Mr Lusambo whom they consider to be their Son is being victimised by other MPs.
“Apparently, there are moves to have a petition presented to President Lungu when he gets here that the schemes by some MPs to work against Mr Lusambo will not be tolerated in the Province. The Chiefs feel that Mr. Lusambo is their true Son since he hails from the area and he is the only Lamba in Cabinet and removing him will make them so upset. So they are drafting some kind of petition to the boss (President Lungu), the source said.
Efforts to contact Mr Lusambo were futile by the time of publishing while Mr Mulenga asked to be called again after which he switched his phone.