By Bright Chikele:
THE Church has challenged UPND vice president and presidential running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to furnish the nation with a full disclosure of his educational qualifications in order to gain full confidence regarding his integrity and credibility as a leader.
“As a person who wants to be the vice-president and possibly president of this great nation, it is important that Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba comes out very clear and clean on his qualifications,” Christian Coalition secretary general John Mwendapole has said.
Reverend Mwendapole said the Christian Coalition was eager to see a constructive conclusion over the debate and that it was dangerous for Mr. Mwamba to underestimate the importance of the issue because it was a constitutional issue.
“Mr. Mwamba has declared two contradictory qualifications that he was a Grade 12 and a Form 5 holder. This is very worrying and must be clarified at the earliest opportunity.
“What is of concern is that there is active speculation that Mr. Mwamba has never earned or produced his Grade 12 or Form 5 certificates,” he said.
Rev Mwendapole challenged Mr. Mwamba to put the issue to rest because it was alarming for a person who did have a Grade 12 certificate to pursue higher tertiary qualifications from overseas.
“Universities and other institutions of higher learning all over the world have standards; how they give a higher diploma if you have not done the basic academic qualifications?” he asked.
Rev. Mwendapole said if possible Mr. Mwamba should publish his certificates in the paper because it was an issue and no one did politics over academic papers.
“It is very simple; you can take it (certificate) to Muvi TV and say ‘this is my paper’ because it is of national interest. I think if people are talking about it, it means it is an issue. It might not be important to him or to UPND, but it is important to the people because this is in our Constitution,” he said.