Addressing cadres at his home in Kasama at 12hrs, Mwamba stated that he had informed President Sata of his decision to step down over his ultimatum given to him over Chitimukulu designate, Henry Kanyanta Sosala.
GBM has however stated that he will remain a Member of Parliament for Kasama Central. Earleir there were frantic efforts by the Catholic Church and many close relatives and friends of Defence Minister, Goeffrey Bwalya Mwamba to dissuade him from resigning from his post and the Patriotic Front (PF). Archibishop Ignatius Chama of Kasama Diocese had rushed to GBM’s Kasama residence to dissuade him to hold on to his decisions but to no avail.
This follows a heated conversation this morning between President Michael Sata and Mwamba popularly known as GBM over his visits to Chitumukulu Designate, Henry Kanyanta Sosala. GBM who visited the Chitimukulu designate and invited the officers from the Intelligence to accompany “so that you don’t report falsehood”, paid a courtesy call to Chitimukulu. Last month, President Sata deployed police troops to prevent a public installation of Sosala as Chitimukulu. President Sata gave GBM an ultimatum to choose between himself and Sosala.
GBM has taken the challenge seriously. Chanda Sosala is a grand father to GBM. President also demanded to know who gave him permission to visit his constituency. But GBM had earlier sought permission and was given express permission by President Sata in writing.
GBM has insisted that he can not be made to disown his own relative and his own uncle over politics. He has stated that it is unfair for President Sata to threaten over his own relative and over his own constituency. He has stated that he came to help the PF and has sacrificed so much for its well being and would not beg for a job from anyone. Archbishop Ignatius Chama of Kasama Archdiocese was deployed by the church this morning to reason and persuade GBM not to resign as this will divide families and the Patriotic Front. GBM called for a press conference at 11hrs at his residence in Kasama but cadres are trying to prevent the press conference until he can calm down to make a sober decision