STAFF WRITERS, Lusaka, Mansa, Ndola
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) national youth and security chairperson Stephen Kampyongo has advised former Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili to stop fighting the ruling party but openly declare his intention to challenge President Lungu for the party’s presidency in 2020.
And the PF in Luapula Province says its structures will rally behind President Lungu in the 2021 presidential and general elections because of the massive development taking place in the region.
Mr Kampyongo described as indiscipline attacks on him and other party leaders by the former minister of Information and Broadcasting Services.
Mr Kampyongo said Mr Kambwili has been daring the ruling party and flouting its rules since President Lungu relieved him of his duties as a minister.
He said in a statement released by PF media director Sunday Chanda yesterday that Mr Kambwili should come out in the open and declare interest in the party presidency instead of destabilising the party.
“Chishimba Kambwili should remember how he was politically handled prior to the 2015 presidential by-elections when he tried to challenge President Lungu for the party presidency and subsequent national general elections against the will of the majority party members,” Mr Kampyongo said.
He said no-one in the PF has stopped Dr Kambwili from expressing himself concerning the party’s presidential candidature at the general conference in 2020.
Mr Kampyongo warned that the PF has not gone to sleep and will not allow detractors to succeed in destroying the party for personal satisfaction.
And the PF in Luapula Province says its structures will rally behind President Lungu.
Provincial chairperson Nickson Chilangwa described President Lungu as a transformational leader who has managed to build on late President Michael Sata’s vision of taking development to all parts of the country.
He said President Lungu is also fostering national unity beyond tribe and any other inclination.
Mr Chilangwa said in an interview yesterday the party structures and the people in the province will give President Lungu support because of the rate at which development programmes are being rolled out.
“President Lungu has managed to build on late President Michael Sata’s vision of taking development to all parts of the country, including areas where the PF received minimal votes,” he said.
Mr Chilangwa said President Lungu has a vision to develop Luapula and other provinces.