Patriotic Front (PF) Presidential candidate and ex-diplomat Emmanuel Mwamba has condemned Copperbelt Province Minister Elisha Matambo for threatening Kitwe Mayor Mwaya Mpasa over her alleged remarks against President Hakainde Hichilema.
The governing United Party for National Development (UPND) on the Copperbelt Province is upset by a comment attributed to Kitwe Mayor Mwaya Mpasa suggesting that President Hakainde Hichilema should resign.
Mr. Matambo, the UPND Copperbelt Chairperson, on Friday morning confronted Ms. Mpasa at her office at the Kitwe Civic Centre over the remarks made in a PF what’sapp group.
The Copperbelt Province Minister told Ms. Mpasa that he won’t tolerate her if she continued issuing remarks against President Hichilema.
On the same day, UPND Copperbelt Youths staged a media briefing where they issued statements against Ms. Mpasa.
But Ambassador Mwamba said Mr. Matambo must stop the intolerance displayed at Kitwe Mayor’s Office of intimidating Ms. Mpasa.
He said the intolerance exhibited by Mr. Matambo is totally unacceptable and should immediately be condemned.
“Matambo Must Stop the Intolerance Displayed at Kitwe Mayor’s Office.Provincial Minister Elisha Matambo has issued threats against Her Worship the Mayor of Kitwe, Mwaya Mpasa. Matambo expressed anger that a report attributed to Mpasa and posted on social-media pages requesting President Hakainde Hichilema to allegedly use the Press conference held on Thursday, 18th May 2023, to step down.In Matambo’s view, President Hichilema must be supported because of the public works he has allegedly done.Masanta denied issuing such a statement but stated clearly that she is free to express her own views in private conversations, especially that she belongs to the Patriotic Front where she holds a senior position as a Member of the Central Committee. She said she has never done anything wrong that should jeopardise or compromise her work, her civic role, and her position as the Kitwe Mayor,” Mr. Mwamba said.
He said Mr. Matambo must be reminded that he cannot impose his partisan views of President Hichilema’s perceived success on people but keep such views to himself and his party.
He said feedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom to hold ideas,opinions, views and express them are part of constitutional, inviolable and fundamental human rights.
“This intolerance exhibited by Matambo is totally unacceptable and should immediately be condemned.Matambo must be reminded that he cannot impose his partisan views of President Hichilema’s perceived success on people but keep such views to himself and his party.The threats and subtle intimidation against the Mayor is uncalled for and Matambo should take concern if the her work as a civic leader was affected. He therefore cannot bully or police views held by political and civic leaders to ensure that they conform with his selfish views.And Matambo, in his thinking, Mpasa must not attack the President and is not qualified to do so, but play with him and others!In Matambo’s thinking, President Hichilema is beyond reproach or criticism! What thinking is that?Do we need to remind him that freedom of expression, freedom of thought, freedom to hold ideas,opinions, views and express them are part of constitutional, inviolable and fundamental human rights,” Mr. Mwamba said.
Ms. Mpasa has refuted the claims in the presence of Mr. Matambo adding that she did not mention the name of the President in her post.
Ms. Mpasa said cannot be held responsible when other people choose to mis-interprete her comment.
Meanwhile, UPND Copperbelt Youth Chairman Warren Hinyama has told Kitwe Mayor to find a husband so that she can behave well.
Mr Hinyama has also accused the mayor of frustrating the efforts of the government with the way she is running the council chamber and allegedly gathering street kids and other individuals to embarrass the head of state, each time he is in the district.
Speaking at a presser this morning, Mr Hinyama said the sentiments by the mayor that the president should resign after the press briefing held on Thursday will not be tolerated as she is clearly an enemy of the government.
Mr Hinyama said it is unacceptable that the mayor is belittling the works being done by the UPND when she is constantly commissioning CDF projects which are being funded by government.
And UPND Kitwe district Youth Chairman Bowas Kapata has directed UPND youths not to allow the mayor attend any presidential functions as she is a an enemy of the president.