Sata tells Kabimba to resign

imagePresident Michael Sata is reported to have told Wynter Kabimba to step down as Patriotic Front General Secretary, sources close to State House and Zambia Intelligence Security Service (OP) have told Zambian Eye.

The President, according to the sources told Kabimba to resign as General Secretary of the party for the sake of unity. Members of the PF have been calling for Kabimba to resign saying he is the one causing confusion in the ruling party due to his presidential ambitions.

A few weeks ago the Lusaka PF members sent a petition to President Sata through his son Mulenga demanding for the removal of Kabimba as Chief Executive Officer of the party.
The sources say there has been a lot of pressure especially from the Kola group asking the President to distance himself from the Kabimba group. Kabimba is alleged to have the backing of Post Newspaper owner Fred M’membe , Tourism Minister Sylvia Masebo, and other key figures in the PF government.

“Wynter is no more dear though he’s meeting the president but the party has said Mr. Sata will have to work with him alone if he maintains him,” said the source.
According to the source, Kabimba was snubbed when he attempted to meet President Sata where he is alleged to have wanted to lobby for the suspension of Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba popularly known as GBM. Mwamba is the one spearheading calls for Sata’s sole candidature in 2016.

“Wynter was denied a meeting with the President where he wanted to have GBM suspended, the president has told him to step aside for the sake of unite in the party,” another source said in a separate interview.

The source further revealed that Masebo is supposed to be put on suspension pending investigation of alleged irregularities during the run up to United Nations World Tourism Organization Assembly Zambia recently co-hosted with Zimbabwe where millions of kwachas are said to have been misappropriated.

Amos Malupenga a former Post Newspaper Editor has been removed from Information and Broadcasting Ministry and thrown to Western province.

The source says M’membe wanted to meet President Sata on Thursday evening, September 12, 2013 but the President said he was unavailable.

Kabimba had dated to hold a press briefing today Friday at 10am local time saying he wants to inform the nation on various issues of national importance. It was highly expected that he could announce his resignation as PF General Secretary. He will however remain in Cabinet as he serves as Justice Minister. However Kabimba this morning postponed the briefing to a later date to be known.

The GBM team seems to be getting consolidated and some Ministers who were reportedly siding with Kabimba like Emmanuel Chenda and Wilbur Simuusa have now joined the team. Other notables in GBM camp include Sata’s son Mulenga, Mwamba Mushota, Mulenga Kabanda, and Willie Nsanda.

All the constituencies in Lusaka and five other provinces have also endorsed GBM’s move to have President Sata as a sole candidate.

The PF central committee members are also due to meet tomorrow to discuss the forward.