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Masebo Replaces GBM As PF Elections Chairman

SYLVIA Masebo has replaced Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba as PF chairperson for elections.

And Mwamba’s supporters yesterday stormed The Post newspapers offices and wanted to block the newspaper from being sold in Kasama while some of them wanted to confiscate copies and burn them.

PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba said Masebo took up the role of chairperson after the last central committee meeting.

“Yes she’s the new chairperson for the elections committee of the central committee,” said Kabimba.

Mwamba relinquished his position as chairperson for election after temporarily resigning as Kasama member of parliament after beating up his wife Chama.

“It’s in public domain that GBM resigned on his own after press reports condemned him for battering his wife. He said he was no longer interested in politics but surprising he’s been coming from the back door to lobby for the position,” a source said.

The sources said Mwamba had been carrying himself as the chairperson for elections and the party even tolerated him as such.

“But the PF thought that the position was a serious one and needed to be filled. So the one in charge of elections is Masebo and not GBM,” said the sources.

And Mwamba’s supporters that stormed The Post Newspaper offices presented a petition against the paper’s coverage on Mwamba.

The group, who displayed banners denouncing both The Post and the Anti Corruption Commission (ACC) chanted “No more Post” slogans and shouted at The Post employees, who were locked up in the office, to tell their superiors that they should leave GBM alone.

The protestors, some of them high on alcohol early in the morning, nearly turned violent but for quick action by police.

The cadres warned Post staff at Kasama office that they should stop writing bad stories about GBM who is also Kasama Central member of parliament.

Meanwhile Kasama police officer in-charge Darius Kakompe assured the staff that police would do whatever they could to protect them and that they would see to it that a police officer was assigned at the office for some days until the situation was calm.

Northern Province permanent secretary Emmanuel Mwamba said Mwamba’s campaign manager Nathan Ilunga in the 2011 election led the protestors.

“As soon as we heard that Mr Mwamba’s supporters were protesting and went to your offices in Kasama, I directed the commissioner of police to send police officers and ensure they kept peace and that life and property was protected. They were led by Mr. Mwamba’s campaign manager Nathan Ilunga because they were displeased about your reporting,” said
Mwamba in an interview.

“They handed over the petition to the manager in which they accused Mr Fred M’membe of siding with the minister of Justice Mr Wynter Kabimba and writing bad about Mr Mwamba. Police went there and advised them to disperse and the situation right now is normal,” he said.

Kasama Post customer account executive Chitalu Musonda said one of the PF cadres called him shortly before the group arrived at the newspaper offices and informed him that they were about to attack.

“He called me to say ‘boss lock yourselves, we are almost there and we are coming to attack your office,” Musonda said. “Within two minutes of receiving the call, we saw the cadres and when we closed the door they rushed quickly and one of them shouted ‘look they are closing the door. Just open the door, we want to sort you out.’”

He narrated that the situation calmed down after the police officers arrived on the scene but that he has since warned newspaper vendors to be extra careful in view of the incident.

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17 Responses to Masebo Replaces GBM As PF Elections Chairman

  1. taliban Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    very well..the pfost has become useless…

  2. Culture Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    Confused caders

  3. mutototo Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    So these hooligans think they can do whatever pleases them, find something better to do!

  4. KALULETE Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    hey! stop wasting yo tym on da issue dat kno nothing just start preparing yo field da rain is around da coner for wil gain nothin at da end

  5. love Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    fred mmembe is a politician….have just realised now…….dah sad

  6. zemuntu Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    i have decided to post this here coz every time these tribalists at ZW MBWA brings up a tribal issue and you want to correct the falseholds these tribalists wont show your comment.

    Here are the facts.
    In Northern Province,
    Deputy PS – Eastern
    Assistant Secretary- Eastern
    Acting Chief Planner- Western
    CSO Statistician- Western
    Head Procurement- Southern
    Provincial Accountant- Eastern
    PEO- Southern
    Head Zanis-Western
    Head Personnel-Luapula
    Head Meteology- Southern and these are facts,etc,
    i wish you people who cry about development being taken to Muchinga could one day visit the place coz therez nothing in Muchinga. 21st century and wer still engulfed in tribal talk, just recently Cabinet Office apointd some! from SP to act as Chief Plana 4 Muchinga

  7. Mwanarob Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    Fellow Zambians. If the man is innocent, please, the courts will decide. There is no need to give free beers to some hooligans and go on demonstrating. This behavior speeks volumes about their leader. Did GBM beat up his wife – again or is this the old beating. She must be a ready punching bag!!!!

  8. andywatch Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 7:03 pm

    Hey pipo jst sit back,relax and enjoy the ride

  9. Abakonzi Reply

    October 19, 2012 at 9:36 pm

    Zambia with its recycled polititians

  10. Air Mukwai_ Reply

    October 20, 2012 at 7:35 am

    -some politicians are worth to be recycled like Mutati whose brilliance needs to be used. of course the likes of mulongoti MUST be discarded in dustbin.

    • mc Reply

      October 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      nice!good observation!

  11. Wanu Ngwee Reply

    October 20, 2012 at 10:35 am

    There are 4 Mafias here, each one pushing their own agenda:
    1. GBM – Quest to grow his businesses using his grip on power
    2. Mmembe – strengthening his links with PF by getting closer to hose he thinks are REALLY in charge (Kabimba) & avoid possible prosecution for his various transgressions
    3. Kabimba – needs a propaganda machinery to start raising his popularity in readiness to take over the reigns of PF
    4. Masebo – who knows, I could be the next SG or VP?
    So the fight is on and the Gloves Are Off, watch the space!!

    • mc Reply

      October 20, 2012 at 12:14 pm

      nice one wanu ngwee!

  12. kiduli Reply

    October 20, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    Its Power Dynamos Vs ‘Kalampa’Nkana FC

  13. mosquito Reply

    October 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    why attacking post, is it supprising if GBM is dropped as PF chairman for election,you buggers must think you think GBM is a factor police next time these chaps want to disturb peace wheap the idiots

  14. Dr.D Reply

    October 21, 2012 at 10:07 am

    @ Air mukwayi u r right zambia still needs the services of Mutati hez both articulate and a perfomer,basebele baba mcs rhetoric and not practical.Pliz ba Sata consider Felix on a serious note no politics we need his services.

  15. chichi ku solwezi Reply

    October 21, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    Kalimeni kumushi!!!!!

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