Outspoken Catholic Priest Fr. Frank Bwalya has finally announced his intention to form his political party because the PF government and president Michael Sata have betrayed the struggle they fought for under the PF.
But Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili described Fr. Bwalya as a mad chap who should feel ashamed of himself and should not mislead the people of Zambia.
Speaking when he featured on Let the People Talk programme on radio Phoenix, Fr. Bwalya said the Micheal Sata they campaigned for died and was buried a long time ago.
He said there was no way any normal government would be spending huge resources on stupid and useless by-elections when the country was facing many challenges such as lack of drugs in hospitals.
“Sata has lost an opportunity to be the Messiah for this country because he is being held hostage by some individuals with a lot of money. This country basically has an absent president and when he appears in public, all he does is pronouncing someone’s name in an insulting way (in reference to Sata’s pronouncing of Fackson Shamenda as Fuck-well during labour day celebrations).
Fr. Bwalya, who said he will be addressed as president Fr. Bwalya, has since launched a yellow card campaign against the PF government and its leadership and has since called on Zambians to rise-up and be counted.
He bragged that he would make a good president of Zambia by surrounding himself with professionals as one does not necessarily to be a good economist to lead a country.
He accused the PF leaders of getting taxes from the poor and amassing wealthy for themselves which they are using for building their houses and buying expensive vehicles.
“I am calling on other opposition leaders like Hakainde Hichilema to come together and save the people of Zambia from this impending disaster by the PF government. People should not judge Mr. Hichilema by the lies that have been perpetuated by other people in the past. Hakainde muntu mubotu,” he said.
Fr. Bwalya who said his interest was not the presidency for now asked other opposition leaders like Mr. Hichilema and Nevers Mumba to welcome him in fighting a common cause of removing the PF government.
He said as someone who suffered a lot for PF, by selling badges and books for survival while campaigning for the party, he feels let down by how the struggle has been lost, including non-fulfilment of promises to the people.
And calling on the same programme, Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili told Fr. Bwalya not to mislead the people of Zambia by being over-ambitious.
“You are just a very ambitious and confused Fr. Bwalya who will not go anywhere. People are cheating you and you should go back to the pulpit as you are getting mad,” said Mr. Kambwili.
He disclosed that when he (Kambwili) was demoted as Foreign Affairs Minister, Fr. Bwalya went to his office to lured him to resign and form a political party because they were popular enough, but Kambwili refused.
“Umuntu nga afuma kubupatili,alamba ukupena, so Bwalya nawamba ukupena. Bwelelamofye ku church ulepususha abantu,” Kambwili said.
Kambwili said there was no was Fr. Bwalya can blame the PF for fuel price increase because there are very few beneficiaries of fuel subsidies since many people do not drive.
But in response, Fr. Bwalya said from now the people of Zambia will judge who is mad between those who are stealing people’s money in government and himself.
Fr. Bwalya has since appointed former PF member Eric Chanda as the first Secretary General and Emmanuel Chilekwa as Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations.