5 February 2014

Zambia: State Rejects GBM Donation

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Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba.

GOVERNMENT has rejected a monetary donation made by suspended Patriotic Front (PF) Kasama Central Member of Parliament (MP) Geoffrey Mwamba towards the construction of a bus terminus in Kasama.

Local Government and Housing Minister, Emerine Kabanshi based the rejection of the pledged funds amounting to K100, 000 on grounds that the project to build an ultra-modern bus terminus in Kasama was a Government programme for which funds had already been allocated.

Ms Kabanshi, who is in Northern Province, to inspect works falling under her Ministry accused Mr Mwamba, who has seemingly lost clout in the PF, of employing political gimmicks in donating the money.

"The project is already planned and budgeted for by Government and as such there is no need for the MP to make any donation," she said.

She encouraged Mr Mwamba, who is popularly known as GBM, to find a stand-alone project he would start on his own from scratch if he wanted to make a mark.

Mr Mwamba during his month-long festive season holiday in Kasama promised to contribute K100, 000 towards the construction of what will be Kasama's first ever bus station.

Mr Mwamba announced the development after touring Chikumanino market, adding that he would personally spearhead the construction of the inter-town bus station which has stalled for some time now.

When contacted for comment, Mr Mwamba said he was in Kasama and would issue a statement later.

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