A traditional ruler in Kasama has urged former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to remain strong following his decision to resign from his position.
Chief Munkonge said it was not easy for an MP to make such a decision but that Mr Mwamba popularly known as GBM was bold enough to do so.
The traditional ruler said this when Mr. Mwamba paid a courtesy call on him at his palace yesterday.
Chief Munkonge said Mr. Mwamba has set a precedent by upholding traditional values of the Bemba speaking people.
He has since pledged his support for the Kasama Central MP and urged his subjects to do the same.
And Mr. Mwamba thanked Chief Munkonge for offering him moral support.
He said he was relieved that Chief Munkonge, whom he referred to as his father had given consent to his decision to step down as Defence Minister.
On Monday, Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba resigned as Defence Minister following a stand-off between ailing dictator Michael Sata and the Bemba Traditional Council regarding the recognition of Henry Sosala as new Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people.
Sata wants to impose a fellow Bisa as Chitimukulu.