United Party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has thanked his former Vice President Mr. Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba for the services he rendered to the party in the party’s quest to run the country better.
In a brief reacting to news of his formaer vice president rejoining the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party, Mr Hichilema said that he wished his brother , GBM, all the best in his new journey and future endeavour.
Mr Hichilema further appealed to his party members and the nation to respect his former Vice President’s decision as it was his democratic right.
And UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma has also wished Mr. Mwamba the best in his new endeavor and thanked him for the period served as Party Vice President.
Mr. Kakoma told ZNBC News in a telephone interview that now that Mr. Mwamba has re-joined the PF, the party will remain stable.
He explained that the party tried to reconcile the differences highlighted by Mr. Mwamba during his media briefing, but it did not work.
Earlier today, suspended United Party for National Development (UPND) Vice President Geoffrey Mwamba resigned from the opposition political party and rejoined the Patriotic Front (PF).
Mr Mwamba charged that UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has sidelined him in party affairs, and has been scheming to replace him as Vice President with National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chishimba Kambwili and Democratic Party (DP) President Harry Kalaba whom the opposition party has been courting.
Addressing a press conference in Lusaka today, Mr Mwamba accused Mr Hichilema and UPND Secretary General Steven Katuka of disrespecting and isolating him.
Mr Mwamba said UPND party officials aligning themselves to him are being persecuted, with some officials having been suspended already.
He added that efforts by UPND Parliamentarians to mediate between Mr Hichilema and Mr Mwamba over the growing and widening divisions, failed to yield positive results.
Mr Mwamba has told the press briefing that the suspension and dissolution of the UPND political structures in Northern Province, is aimed at weakening his political presence and influence in the party.
Mr Mwamba charged that his suspension from the party and dissolution of UPND structures in Northern Province aligned to him were further aimed at blocking him from challenging Mr Hichilema at the planned convention for the party Presidency.
In an unprecedented move and demonstration of democracy, Mr Mwamba called on his supporters to form a political party, join an existing opposition political party or rejoin the PF.
In the midst of drumming, political cheering and ululations, his supporters resoundingly chanted in the affirmative to rejoin PF.
Mr Mwamba has also thanked traditional leadership in Southern Province and surrounding areas for welcoming him and helping him carry out his work.
The former PF Kasama Central Law maker and Minister of Defense, who served as UPND Vice President from 2016 to date, thanked the opposition party for having accorded him a chance to serve in the party.
He appealed to his supporters to desist from engaging in violence, but strive to work within the PF structures and establishments, in order to promote peace in the country.