Others have plainly called him a political ‘prostitute’ while others think Mwamba has made the right decision to return to the party which he vowed never to be part of again for a cocktail of reasons.
For those throwing heaps of blame on Mwamba, your pain is understood. Why? Because the man, while in opposition, took every opportunity to say all the bad things, insults against the PF and its leader, President Edgar Lungu. Nobody ever thought he could take a 360 degrees turn within weeks to return to a party he called useless, a den of the corrupt and violent. He said this on April 4 at a briefing attended by UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and other senior party leaders.
Mwamba called the PF a bunch of crooks and said: “When I made that decision to support the ideals of HH and the UPND, I did it with all my conscience and faculties intact and nothing has changed and need I emphasize here, I cannot be bought by a bunch of crooks as I believe in earning my keep through hard work and legal means and not handouts. I give, not take. I came into politics already successful and so unlike others, I am able to say I am incorruptible.” Just 3 weeks later, the story is different – GBM couldn’t pretend any longer and announced his return to the ruling party. He said he had been going through hell while in the UPND and accused HH of using divide and rule.
Some of the notable accusations Mwamba made against President Lungu were on February 28, 2018 when he said at the UPND secretariat during the launch of the Lusaka Province mobilization programme that the Head of State was a thief.
“Ka Edgar nika kawalala, ngati kafuna kani peleke ku court nili na evidence (Edgar [Lungu] is a thief! If he wants, he can take me to court because I have evidence).”
Further on July 2, 2018, he accused the ruling party of promoting violence.
“I have been in PF and I know what PF is capable of doing. They are the perpetrators of violence and this panga [machete] business, they are the ones who started this panga business in any political party in this country, only when PF came into power, of course, under the tutorship of the late, my good friend Willy Nsanda, that is when the pangas were introduced. It’s quite foreign, it’s alien to this country, to the Zambian people to use pangas”.
Who would be wrong to conclude that Mwamba was making all those claims only for political gain and not because that was the truth? He tried hard to prove his worth in the UPND but he couldn’t hang on lying for the sake of helping getting someone out of power.
There is a good lesson to learn from Mwamba. That one is frustrated in their political party should not be reason to leave. Many times, it’s best to stick one’s neck out and resolve the differences internally without jumping ship. Miles Sampa tried but it failed! He had to run back to his party, the PF. Now it is Mwamba making that return. Like everyone else, Mwamba has freedom of expression and he can exercise that right in whichever way he wants! He can belong to any political party he wants. But the big lesson he and others must learn, including those in the opposition, is that exiting your political parties is never an option. You can’t keep packing your sacks and unleashing insults on others at the slightest of disagreements.
And for the UPND, this is a lesson that one can’t teach an old dog new tricks. The UPND would be in a better position if they changed their strategy. But the trouble is that no one’s opinion matters and the party is being steered in whichever direction based on the desires of an individual. Sticking to this style of politics will forever see the UPND in opposition without a chance of winning a general election.