KITWE district PF information and publicity secretary Gift Kalumba has resigned from the ruling party. Kalumba, a long serving member of the PF who is immediate past Rokana ward councillor in Kitwe, announced his resignation in a letter addressed to the Kitwe district PF chairman.
On Wednesday, the PF on the Copperbelt suspended its youth secretary Christopher Kalenge for openly defending former foreign affairs minister Harry Kalaba’s resignation from the government. Kalenge, Copperbelt vice youth chairman Stanley Chandindi and Kalumba had defended Kalaba and cautioned that his resignation should not be taken lightly.
When contacted for a comment, Kalenge said: “My brother, things happen. We are standing for the party. I have not done anything wrong. I will wait.”
And Kalumba, in his resignation letter, stated that he was leaving the PF with a heavy heart.
“With this letter, it’s with a heavy heart that I submit my resignation letter from the party position of Information and Publicity Secretary with immediate effect. I would like to thank the leadership for the time and support rendered to me over the 16 years that I have served this party in various capacities diligently. I will, however, remain an ordinary life member,” he stated.
In an interview later, Kalumba said he was being held at ransom for holding a position in the PF.
“I have just relinquished my position, but I am still PF. You know very well how we have fought for this party. I believe in telling the truth. But because of positions, I was held at ransom in the party. So I want to leave them so they can what they want. It is sad that I have left my position,” he said.
“We have fought for 16 years for this party, yet we are not appreciated. We have done our best for the party, defended the party. I will continue to fight to see the legacy of the party protected. For now, I have left my position to become an ordinary member.”
Kalumba has in the recent past vowed to defend and support the vision of founding leader Michael Sata and also refused to attack Kalaba, whom some leaders within PF want out of the ruling party for leaving President Edgar Lungu’s government.
Kalaba, after his resignation, posted on Facebook a catalogue of wrongs in the government such as corruption and a breakdown of governance systems.