UPND member Costain Chilikwazi has advised the party’s former vice-president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to stop engaging in politics of character assassination.
In a statement, Chilikwazi stated that the former Kasama Central member of parliament should exhibit maturity in his political endeavours instead talking ill about the UPND leadership.
Mwamba, popularly known as GBM, last month resigned from the UPND and rejoined the ruling PF.
“We are aware that former UPND vice president GBM wants to do everything possible in his quest to gain political mileage and would want to please the leadership of the Patriotic Front which he has rejoined recently. But we would like to advise GBM to exhibit maturity in his political endeavours as opposed to talking ill of the UPND leadership,” Chilikwazi stated. “The UPND leadership, particularly HH [Hakainde Hichilema] has exhibited maturity and accepted the decision made by GBM to resign from the UPND and wished the best in his political endeavours. Likewise, we expect GBM to sober up and stop engaging in politics of character assassination. Let him have civility in the way he is practicing his politics.”
He charged that Mwamba had lost political direction.
“While it is GBM’s democratic right to join a political organisation of his choice, I find it strange that the former PF Kasama Central member of parliament has opted to rejoin a political party that he was referring to as a bunch of thieves and a political party that has been engaging in corruption. One is left without words but to state that Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has lost political direction,” Chilikwazi said.
He advised the PF leadership to be wary of the former defence minister, stressing that Mwamba was no longer a political heavyweight.
“We wish GBM all the best in his political journey. But at the same time we would like to advise the PF members and their leadership to be cautious with GBM. The man is politically not trustworthy and is no longer a political heavyweight. Hakainde Hichilema has learnt a lesson and just realised that he was dealing with a person who was not trustworthy,” added Chilikwazi.