GBM should be HH’s running mate – Bishop Chihana

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IFCC president Bishop Simon Chihana has made a strong case for former Defense Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to be appointed running mate to UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema.

Hichilema has thus far kept the world guessing as to who his potential second-in-command will be should he ascend to power, a situation that has caused anxiety among the party’s supporters and detractors alike.

Yesterday, speculation heightened that the UPND leader had settled for his late arch-rival Michael Sata’s widow Christine Kaseba, leaving out his two vice presidents Geoffrey Mwamba and Canisious Banda. However, sources close to Dr Kaseba have sought to distance the former first lady from the race, saying she has never been approached by Hichilema.

And weighing in on the running mate issue, Bishop Chihana believes the issue should not even be up for debate as Mwamba, populary known as GBM, has done enough to earn himself the position.

Bishop Chihana warns that picking anyone other than Mwamba will seriously jeopardize the chances of the UPND unseating the ruling PF after August 11.

“The United Party for National Development (UPND) is not supposed to be in any running mate crisis to Mr Hakainde Hichilema. What has been very clear before the Zambian people is that since Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba joined the UPND, he has been a great force to reckon with by all means and by every voter in almost every province,” Bishop Chihana said in a statement to Zambian Eye.

“The Executive leadership of the party must not even debate much about such, GBM has sold the party and its President so well, particularly on the copperbelt, northern and Luapula provinces and the general public are crying for him to be the running mate to Mr Hichilema.

“It would be very disappointing if he is not adopted as the running mate and it shall ultimately affect the voting patten for the presidency for Mr Hichilema.

“Mr GBM, has paid the price for the UPND by being locked up in police cells a number of times for the party than any one else and it just prudent that he becomes the running mate to HH for he clearly deserves it without question or doubt. His commitment has been unmatched.”


42 Responses to GBM should be HH’s running mate – Bishop Chihana

  1. Dear Bishop Chihana,

    Indeed as a spiritual leader you have a pivotal role to play in terms of guiding your children and wat you hav said about GBM is true. However, the following challenges surround GBM;

    1. He could be disqualified on G12 grounds even if he produces one
    2. He is facing many court cases which could negatively affect both him and HH
    3. Many other UPND Members could give an account of their sacrifice for UPND
    4. For the sake of peace and harmony Canicius Banda and GBM could be avoided and replaced with Mrs Sata and this will still yield same results.

    5. Honestly adopting Dr Canicius will not give UPND any political vantage.

    Thank you for guidance Bishop but more need to be considered when it comes to this position.

    June 1, 2016 at 7:59 pm


    June 1, 2016 at 8:01 pm

  3. Wrong reasoning Bishop. Thats an emotional bet. You should look at the efficiency of the UPND as a government after 11th August. GBM will be required to be the government representative in parliament. Will he live up to this job. will he match the demand of this position?
    We should not be emotional and it shouldnt be about i worked so i should be given th presidence. This kind of thinking is what brought us to where we are as country. GBM should personally know that he is better off in another position because that position is so demanding and will require lots of reading and not just joking. Let the leaders in UPND sober up and show the difference. If its Zambians are looking for an efficient government. We shouldnt have a situation where when GBM is appointed then Lungu and his minions start raising grade 12 issues. Put someone who wont derail your compaigns by focussing on serving them from disqualification. Kaseba wont be disturbed by arrests. she will campaign freely. I acknowledge the contribution GBM is making but remember there are others that have contributed more as they have been there for the party for 10 years now. My point is that this should not be the aguement here. While the strategy is to win an election, you should also remember it doesnt end at wining. It also gets to strategic position to archieve higher productivity. If GBM is interested in the people of Zambia, he will continue to contribute as he has always done even if he is not adopted. The bigger picture is the country. This whole debate about running mate questions what UPND leaders stand for. Is’t for the people or for themselves?

    June 1, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    • Why eat in a restaurant food which you are not ready to pay for, GBM has paid for it. Bishop Chihana is right and i conquer with him.

      June 1, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      • Nkombo, Nalumango, Mwimbu, Canicius have all paid for it.
        So lets really be critical about this and no emotions. Let the leadership in that party not dissappoint the people by fighting for those positions. My bet is, If its true Kaseba is being considered let her get it. Let the men compromise. Edgar knows he is losig this election and he will stop at nothing to ensure GBM if elected veep will be jailed. What does the constitution say about people arrested on criminal charges? check all these things before emotionally picking a candidate because all of you will be losers once a wrong dcision is made.

        June 1, 2016 at 9:54 pm

  4. I think Bishop Chihana is very right even if gbm has his own short comings like a bad temper and insults which he must deal with now before he becomes our second in command. Infact i suggest that he must find Bishop Chihana to cast out those devils of insults.
    If gbm is adopted by hh as his running mate, hh shall do much better, i support Bishop Chihana in his observations.

    June 1, 2016 at 8:27 pm

  5. The only worry is about his cresidentials. Does he have the required documents. If he has then let him get it.

    Sgt mwale
    June 1, 2016 at 8:35 pm

  6. As a Bemba i want to salute UPND founder members who received and allowed Dr Canicius and GBM to be vice presidents despite being labelled tribal.This calls for selfless and visionary personalities.

    If GBM and Dr Caninius could reflect on the reception and respect accorded to them by the pipo they found in the party, who could hav equally loved to be veeps, then the battle about who becomes a running mate should not even arise. I am now seeing selfishness here.

    Anyway, am sure by now the matter is concluded and closed, just keep us posted.

    June 1, 2016 at 8:51 pm

    • Tara you are very intelligent.You have zambia at reason well.

      June 1, 2016 at 11:29 pm

    • @Tara i totally concur with you.

      Yondo Sister
      June 2, 2016 at 5:59 am

    • Walikwata amano. Unless the man does not have credentials. Others this is not even debatable. Its GBM

      Ba Luapula
      June 2, 2016 at 6:43 am

  7. I think GBM has a certificate in business, which is high or equivalent to grade twelve, it does not necessarily have to be grade twelve. ECZ might try to be funny but GBM is supposed to have his certicates already approved by ECZ so we don’t confussion on Friday. GBM has a temper, I am okay with that if you are dealing the ECL and Kanitundila patience is not the answer.. HH can keep his cool but GBM needs to be tough.

    Good governance
    June 1, 2016 at 8:52 pm

  8. GBM is the best running mate yes but does he have a grade 12 certificate. We dont know. If he has one, is it genuine? Anyway the leadership should ensure that if they are settling on GBM, can he have the necessary documents pliiiiiz. Ba UPND, PLIZ CHANGE THE ADVERD YOU ARE USING ON ZNBC ( HH WILL FIX IT ). WE WANT SOMETHING VISUAL AND AUDIO.

    Dabwitso Mwamba
    June 1, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    • UPND wake up. Don’t use initials as a name the ballot paper will not have HH but Hakayinde Hichillema Your supporters will be looking for the name HH.Learn from your competitors they are using their full names eg Edgar Chagwa Lungu, Edith etc

      June 2, 2016 at 8:09 am

  9. I am sure GBM was promised VP position. But I think he us just being used for the party’popularity. HH for sure can not trust GBM to be his second man in command. No ways. GBM is just a politician who is good at pulling the crowd but may not be up to speed with running the affairs of the nation not just as a politician but as an deputy CEO of Zambia. No. HH should also do away with Scott. Those guys are not up to any good. They are just paving way for Rainbow. Kaseba is a sober minded woman who is not a politician but capable of bring vp to HH and she has the brains.

    June 1, 2016 at 10:21 pm

  10. I don’t have a grade 12 certificate please correct my English when reading

    June 1, 2016 at 10:25 pm

  11. In this party called UPND indeed a number of people have sacrificed including tribes that have been insulted as they were not Zambians.

    Having said that, the Good Bishop is 100% correct. GBM has been a game changer especially on the Cooper Belt.

    Burring his qualifications which need to be scrutinized by lawyers , Education Council of Zambia (ECZ) and the Electoral Commission of Zambia by today (Thursday), GBM must be the running mate. Dr Banda has in real terms added no significant value to the party other than his personal credentials as aMedical Dr. Second, he has this tendency ofsnicking to the opponents behind the knowledge of his principal. This could be lack of trust of the good Dr.

    Kaseba Dr., has never declared whether she is still PG or sympathetic to UPND and as such it will be suicidal for HH to consider her. Further more, the lady was not considerate to the Zambian people when she was gallivant the world when her late husband allocated her a budget outside the public finance management act of the country.

    Therefore,borrowing the mantra of PF, Dr Banda and Dr Kaseba, sontapo epo mwabombele

    daliso Mwale
    June 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm

  12. Time 03hrs my dream GBM to join PF again because HH left him to be his running mate,take note.

    June 2, 2016 at 2:30 am

  13. Edgar Lungu to rule Zambia up to 2021,then Mutanti to take over HH nisalafye is not on the list mukenda mung’anga mukanaka.Lesa tafwaya abantu bayufwa pachalo,Elo umuntu uwakwata ichuma takengile mubufumu bwakwa lesa.So bu President bufumu bwakwa lesa,nga muletalika loleleni pa11 Aug,2016.Mukamone amaka yakwa lesa.Nga mulefwayantuke lelo, on that day tamwakatu mukalalilafye nokulosha umuntu wenu.Epopele mukwai,mule ikala umutende lesa alemipala mwilalwa Zambia ta ilepwa ama politics yakapwa napapata mukwai nine shikalume kalwoso bye.

    June 2, 2016 at 2:53 am

    • We can read this monkey language you fool.

      poor Zambia
      June 2, 2016 at 4:59 am

    • We can’t read this monkey language you fool.

      poor Zambia
      June 2, 2016 at 5:02 am

    • So u r saying hh this issue of grade 12 it’s new to him on gbm we worry for no cause I tend to wonder the level of thinking
      .worry about those ministers who failed to file what more to issues concerning thy jobs and surely thy are still running the ministries kaya mwandi.

      June 2, 2016 at 10:01 am

  14. keep on thank God for reading my powerful message God bless u mwanawandi Aug is coming wait for 69 days to go,stop fighting u and your friends.I c u going to prison before we vote,start praying God loves u.

    June 2, 2016 at 5:11 am

  15. He’s a good man for that position, bat g 12.

    June 2, 2016 at 5:33 am

  16. Chikubabe. Njala ezakunyokola chifukwa chawupuba waka. Lungu akangiwa kutisunga so afunika kuyenda chabe.

    June 2, 2016 at 5:40 am

  17. Mutale nalumango is the best.Gbm is good but like someone has observed pf will make sure he’s jailed or disqualify him on his careful ba upnd

    June 2, 2016 at 5:46 am

  18. Mutale Nalumango is the RM

    June 2, 2016 at 6:01 am

  19. GBM is the man for the VP post. No need for debate. HH should listen to the good bishop’s advise.

    June 2, 2016 at 6:03 am

  20. It is GBM who has proposed Mrs Kaseba to be the running mate.
    What are you fearing ba PF already you have lost 2 seats.

    joseph Mwape
    June 2, 2016 at 6:40 am

    • It is Scott not GBM.

      June 3, 2016 at 6:35 am

  21. @Maliongo you are right ni GBM chabbe.
    He is the man of the moment even if PF jails him we will fear nothing.

    Anderson Nkumbula
    June 2, 2016 at 6:48 am

  22. What has happened do Bembas matter at this point.
    Everything been overshadowed by the bembas.
    Think again what we told you about the Bembas.
    Have they swamped UPND!Who is happy about it we the Tonga have been disappointed with the turn of events.
    The game turned out to be a Bemba issue. Does zambia only belong to the Bemba people.

    June 2, 2016 at 7:25 am

    • But you only ignore Bembas’ influence at your own peril like the way Edgar Lungu has done. If you asked him today, he would confess that he made a serious blunder by going for Inonge Wina who has no constituency and is viewed by her own people the Lozi as belonging to a family that is a sell-out against the Lozi people. Harry kalaba, Ngosa Simbyakula or etc would have appealed more to the northern, Muchinga and Luapula citizens. Once Kaseba is confirmed, these three provinces will vote UPND overwhelmingly. Don’t jock with Bembas and HH being intelligent knows that fact.

      Manifesto-less PF
      June 2, 2016 at 8:07 am

  23. Definitely if GBM has no issues with his G12 qualification. If he has certain issues then Kaseba should step in. Of what good is having GBM as running mate only to be disqualified by the PF ECZ later who are looking high and low how HH can be disqualified? Canisius Banda should not be emotional about it and should be satisfied to be nominated MP and minister as his constituency is not really clear. Yes he has been with HH for sometime during which time he has diluted the tribal tug but others have been with HH far longer and others like GBM and Kaseba have serious political clout. Also he recently had issues with being evicted from a rented house and that would be a very good issue for de-campaigning HH. It was with such an issue that we told PF that Lungu was the wrong man in the first place by his lack of financial success and discipline in his personal life. Hope he will understand being an intellectual.

    Manifesto-less PF
    June 2, 2016 at 8:01 am

  24. Under the leadership of President Lungu, Zambians feel like suffocating due to not enough air and we are all looking for a breather after elections with the new leadership of hh. Yatiyofya leadership yaba pf, yo paya bantu, etc.

    June 2, 2016 at 9:17 am

  25. GBM is the man for VEEP but let’s use kaseba for now,later after 11th HH can put GBM,The President has got power to remove the Veep.I don’t want to see my party disqualify from the race, lungu can do anything

    June 2, 2016 at 10:03 am

  26. We will vote for Hakainde Hichilema regardless of who the running mate will be. People who are debating leaves much to be desired. Look at Inonge Winner a grand mother who now her physical body is tired. She has less or nothing to add to the economy when compared to Nawakwi, Kaseba and many others standing in this year’s elections. But for unknown reasons all eyes are on UPND is it a sign that people want change? Yes we all want change but that change with a meaning. We want credible leaders who are ready to sacrifice for the sake of our nation to go forward. We want Hakainde Hichilema with his team to rule Zambia and unite the nation which has nothing to pride apart from violence brought by Lungu and his unruly cadres. Inonge Wina brought in Edgar Lungu to power through hands up vote and this should NOT be allowed again otherwise if Edgar wins this year’s election with this grand mother then Zambia will be worse than Zimbabwe. For HH make rightful running mate NOT GBM who will be arrested by PF and finally they (ECZ of Lungu) disqualify him together with HH. Maureen was ok but we chose her for Mayoral position. Other excellent guys are Tongas, left because of this tribal stupidity which has rocked the nation. For now we can criticise anyone but your choice will be our choice yet be careful least we loose our credibility. Milupi was excellent choice but he is within our tribal line. From the nortern block where GBM, CBanda, Kaseba, Nalumango we can pick. Nalumango though I think can make our first women speaker under UPND. Its tomorrow running mate debate will be over. HH will fix it.

    June 2, 2016 at 12:02 pm


    monica mwanza
    June 2, 2016 at 2:38 pm

    • Which Mins Dat M Sata Was Rit Wen He Said “av Da Butch Of Useles Ministers,coz Ba Pf U Say Pipo Lik Gbm,mwaliteta,sata Jnr Etc Dnt Av G12 Cetificate Nd Feared Nt 2b Adopted In Pf,nw Hw Can U Run A Gvt Wth G7 Ministers Dats Y Pf Has Failed 2run Da Country.

      Chugwa Moonga
      June 2, 2016 at 6:45 pm

  28. GBM recently said the running mate issue was concluded sometime back, but we are busy speculating, lets just wait for tomorrow. Or let me also speculate: Our running mate is GBM. If its not GBM then GBM himself has recommended Kaseba to be our running mate, chapwa. Take this as official end of all speculations.

    June 2, 2016 at 7:29 pm

  29. Bishop Cihana what is his interest in having GBM as running mate? What did GBM give him? Can you just imagine having GBM as President of Zambia? That would be going backwards. In this day and age we need people who have atleast seen inside a University. GBM is too raw and lacks understanding of major things in the world. He will be like another Zuma.

    June 2, 2016 at 10:30 pm

  30. 1. kaseba sata
    2. Mutale Nalumango
    3. GBM

    Leadership is a serious matter
    June 2, 2016 at 11:44 pm

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