Mpombo Backs Fr. Bwalya ‘Underestimate Fr. Bwalya at Your Own Peril, He Should Not Be Written Off’
GEORGE Mpombo says he is ready to play his role effectively as a politician without fear or favour and will now be aggressive and active on the political scene.
And Mpombo says Frank Bwalya is an aggressive political player who should not be written off.
Speaking on arrival at the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport from Nigeria, where he was serving as Zambia’s deputy high commissioner, Mpombo said he wanted to do something higher than Kafulafuta.
“I am ready to play my role effectively as a politician without any fear or favour,” said Mpombo.
Asked if he would consider contesting the vacant Kafulafuta parliamentary seat, Mpombo responded: “I want to do something higher than Kafulafuta, so it is out of my agenda at the moment. I have no intention of going into Kafulafuta business.”
Mpombo said he quit politics at constituency level in order to allow young people to get on board.
And when asked about his views on Bwalya’s decision to join politics, Mpombo said Bwalya was an aggressive political player.
“Frank Bwalya is an aggressive political player, and depending on how he plays his game, he cannot be written off,” he said.
Mpombo said one’s impact on the political scene depends on how one gets organised with the grassroots.
“But if it is going to be what I would describe as a microphone political revolution, without grassroot connection, then those efforts could be futile. The grassroots are the kingmakers. If anyone makes a party, he must be in close contact with the grassroots by being deeprooted,” said Mpombo.
On the government’s decision to recall him from the foreign service, Mpombo, said the recall was a mixed bag as no details which led to the decision were availed to him.
He however, said he was grateful that he was given an opportunity to serve outside the country.
And Mpombo said his recall would accord him an opportunity to make himself available before the courts of law.
Mpombo said he was ready to face the courts and that he would be meeting his lawyers.
And Mpombo said he would spend the next three weeks in Lusaka, concluding his book titled The Audacity of a journey.