By SIMON MUNTEMBA
FORMING another political party was not an option for me after I decided to leave the UPND because my followers wanted us to go back to the PF where we belong, former UPND vice president Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has said.
Speaking when he paid a courtesy call on PF secretary general, Davis Mwila, at the party’s secretariat in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Mwamba said he was happy to be back in the party which was full of love.
He said he was happy with his supporters to return to the ruling party which was led by President Edgar Lungu whom he described as a humble leader filled with strong Christian principles.
“So SG, I wish you can convey my message to our party, President Edgar Lungu, that we are so grateful. I personally know him as a man who has no qualms behind him,” Mr Mwamba said.
“The man is sincere, he is genuine unlike other opposition political party leaders who say yes to mean no and you would not know exactly what they are thinking. I know that he (President Lungu) has welcomed us wholeheartedly,” he said.
He said he was sidelined in UPND to such an extent that he was a mere passenger and not vice president.
And welcoming Mr Mwamba to PF, Mr Mwila said President Lungu has directed him to dialogue and bring back all the party members that had left the ruling party for various reasons.
Mr Mwila said the PF leadership was happy that Mr Mwamba had rejoined the party.
“President Lungu and the entire Central Committee has given a directive to the secretariat to bring back all the people that had gone to other political parties because this is your home,” Mr Mwila said.
“So I want to repeat what I said that we have welcomed you with all our hearts. The top leadership is aware about your coming and we are all happy. We shall give you maximum support. I want to assure you that the party is with you, you are one of us and the membership is equal,” he said.
And Mr Mwila said the ruling Party will listen to the people on the National Dialogue Forum (NDF) proposal to reintroduce deputy ministers.
Responding to a question from the media on whether the PF had u-turned on deputy ministers, Mr Mwila assured the public that the party will listen and do exactly what the Zambians will say on the matter.