PF loyalists, especially ministers, will not allow Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to jump the queue on who should succeed President Edgar Lungu, says a former MMD leader Keegan Chipango.
Chipango, also a former FAZ committee member, says recycled politicians like GBM are destroying democracy that many Zambians sacrificed for.
The son to veteran politician and first black mayor of Livingstone William Chipango said GBM’s resignation should serve as a warning to all political parties, especially the UPND, on the need to look for leaders with integrity.
Commenting on GBM’s rejoining of the ruling PF on Tuesday, Chipango said it was sad that the devil in PF as seen by GBM at the time of leaving the ruling party had now turned into an Angel.
“It is a sad development to the democracy of Zambia. GBM’s resignation is a sign that recycled leaders will continue to jump from one political
party to another,” he said. “However, I would like to warn GBM that the people he had left in the PF are still there and are on a queue to take up
leadership of the party, so they will not allow him to jump the queue as they prepare to take over from President Edgar Lungu. Had GBM been as strong as he claims politically, he would have formed his own party as did Chishimba Kambwili so that we can see how popular he is. Or maybe he was squeezed by the PF against the wall and he was suffering financially and now he wants to be let free and make his businesses tick.”
Chipango said a lot of veteran politicians, serving and deceased, had suffered a lot at the hands of oppressors to gain independence for Zambia and were now being let down by people like Mwamba.
“Our fathers went to prison for the sake of our independence. Dr Kenneth Kaunda and others, you may care to name, were imprisoned for fighting for our freedom,” he said. “[Frederick] Chiluba had to go through a lot to bring back multiparty politics and some of us who were in MMD have resigned and taken a silent life – we are not jumping from one party to another. These recycled leaders like GBM are destroying our democracy.”
Chipango urged UPND president Hakainde Hichilema to seriously look at politicians from other parties who seek to join him.
“I know that politics is about numbers but please check the credibility of the people joining you. Stick to your members in rank and file, stick to those who have suffered with you and not just
looking at people that seem to glitter like GBM,” advised Chipango. “This should serve as a lesson to all political parties especially the UPND. Please know that not all that glitter is Gold. It is very difficult to unseat a ruling government but it can be done with credible politicians, it requires principled people. It’s just like Christianity, it is very difficult to resist temptations as preached against in the Bible. It is difficult to follow the Christian values to the letter, even Jesus Christ was abandoned by his own. It’s not easy, it’s not easy at all.”