GBM dares police to arrest him, Sata swaps his ministers for supporting GBM

GBM dares police to arrest him, Sata swaps his ministers for supporting GBM

Scene at Radio Mano on Saturday

Scene at Radio Mano on Saturday

Patriotic Front (PF) Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) has dared president Michael Sata and the police to arrest him if he has done anything wrong.

And instability has continued in the crumbling PF government forcing President Michael Sata to immediately transferred Northern Province Minister Obious Chisala to the Ministry of Gender and Child Development as deputy minister because he had been accused of being pro-GBM camp.

Mr. Mwamba made the remark in a telephone interview with ZANIS in Kasama this afternoon after he was forced to stay away from a live programme on Radio Mano Community Station due to police presence at the institution.

Mr Mwamba who resigned early this week as Defence Minister accused the police of planning to arrest him if he had featured on the Radio Station.

But Northern Province Police Commissioner Mary Chikwanda has dismissed as false Mr. Mwamba’s claim that the police wanted to arrest him.

Ms. Chikwanda clarified that the deployment of police officers at Radio Mano was not meant to block Mr. Mwamba but to maintain law and order following the recent clashes between rival groups from the PF.

Ms. Chikwanda however said the police will continue to maintain peace in Kasama town.

Meanwhile, Mr. Mwamba apologized to Kasama residents for failing to appear on a scheduled radio programme but promised to speak out at an appropriate time.

Mr. Mwamba popularly known as GBM said he wanted to appear on Radio Mano to clarify matters to his constituents following his abrupt decision to resign as Defence Minister.

Police in full riot gear surrounded Radio Mano Community Station in Kasama in a bid to prevent rival PF factions from clashing in view of Mr. Mwamba’s scheduled live programme on the Community Radio Station.

And as the in-fighting continues in PF government, president Sata yesterday transferred Mr. Chisala to the Ministry of Gender after removing him from Northern province.

Mr. Chisala who confirmed the development to ZANIS in Kasama today said the President has swapped him with Gender Deputy Minister Freedom Sikazwe.

Mr. Sikazwe, who is also Mpulungu Member of Parliament, once served as Northern Province Minister before he was transferred to Lusaka Province in the same capacity.

And Mr. Chisala has thanked President Sata for giving him an opportunity to serve the people of Northern Province and pledged to work hard in his new portfolio.

Yesterday, PF members in Kasama demanded the removal of Mr. Chisala from the province accusing him of working against the ruling party.

PF Provincial Secretary Evarist Chella who led the party members in a peaceful demonstration, charged that as Provincial Minister Mr Chisala was allegedly inciting divisions among party members.

But Mr. Chisala, who is also PF Chilubi Member of Parliament dismissed the accusations saying he was a peaceful person who would not want to promote divisions in the ruling party.

He said his decision to instruct the police to arrest people advocating for violence was misconstrued by the PF leadership as having been targeted at them.

Mr. Chisala has urged PF members to respect one another and foster unity of purpose.

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