By David Zulu.
UPND sources cite reports coming through from former UPND Vice President Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, suggesting that the Party appointed Mazabuka MP Gary Nkombo a Tonga as acting President instead of him(GBM) when Hakainde Hichilema was incarcerated on trumped up charges, as total nonsense, awfully and factually incorrect, and a desperate and despicable attempt by a grumpy old politician panhandling for political relevance.
According to the same highly placed sources, it was highly unsual that Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba was strangely left off the hook from the police dragnet when he too was in the HH traffic convoy in exactly the same way as his former boss. They say this alone raises a lot more questions than answers and is a fatal smoking gun conviction of GBM of a matter that largely still remains unresolved, perhaps until now.
They say most people that were in the convoy were interviewed by Police and some arrested save for the former Vice President who they claim it is becoming clear, was part of the consipiracy spearheaded by a former finance minister in collaboration with the PF to ensure Hichilema is permanently removed from the picture, so that GBM becomes leader of the opposition party.
Immediately after the arrest, Mwamba appear to have been given a safe passage to South Africa by the PF and whilst there he refused to issue any statements condemning the arrest of HH.
Zambian residents living in the Johannesburg area arranged a press conference for Mwamba in which it was expected he would denounce the trumped up charges against HH, he agreed but never turned up at the venue of the press conference leaving the organizers, international and local South African journalists in total confusion.
As a result of the strange behaviour by GBM and his suspicious absence from Zambia at a time the Party needed him most, three women stood out and galvanized local and international support in demanding that HH be unconditionally released and also be treated humanely and justly by the Police, prison authorities and government agents.
UPND Chairperson Mutale Nalumango took the helm while Mobilisation Chairperson Sylvia Masebo hastily arranged a consortium of writers and in collaboration with opposition Alliance partners particularly ADD President Charles and PP’s late Mike Mulongoti, a barrage of daily statements were released to inform the World of the unjust and barbaric arrest of Hakainde Hichilema by the PF.
The other woman that took the bull by its horns was Mutinta Hichilema who attended various vigils including church services to pray for the release of her husband. Mutinta released a moving tribute in which she described her husband as a simple villager and cattle herdsman who as a boy treasured roaming the country side a free human being than a prisoner behind bars.
When GBM realised the Party was functioning without his presence and participation, he scrambled for relevance, came out of the woodwork and flew back to Lusaka and begged that statements be drafted for him in support of HH. It was however too late as Zambians generally and UPND supporters realised that the man was not trustworthy, was eating with both hands and had a PF sponsored and sinister agenda against Hichilema.
Insiders believe this was the beginning of the relational crack between HH and GBM coupled by persistent reports that the latter was attempting to secretly create parallel structures around the country.
It is therefore absolutely fake and shameful for GBM to claim that Gary Nkombo was appointed as acting President because instead of himself because of his ethnicity. Such wild and preposterous claims by GBM further degrades him and puts him in the same grade with Bowman Lusambo and below Alex Muliokela who unsurprisingly has a more informed and intelligent perception of politics than the renegade and motor mouthed former UPND Veep.