CHOMBA MUSIKA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has urged PF members countrywide to unite, love one another and expend their energies towards helping President Lungu in meeting the aspirations of the people through implementation of development programmes.
Mr Kambwili urged PF members to avoid squabbles but concentrate on helping Government to implement the pro-poor policies in the PF manifesto.
He refuted media reports that he is positioning himself for party presidency ahead of the 2021 general elections.
He said this in Lusaka yesterday during a press briefing at his Lusaka’s Kabulonga residence.
Mr Kambwili called for hard work, respect one another and support for President Lungu to meet the aspirations of the people.
“Let us respect for one another, [and] what we need is to support our President [Lungu] to meet the aspirations of the people for us to deliver what the people expect of us.
“Those in Cabinet, [PF] central committee members and general members should work together to support the manifesto of the PF, which is being superintended by President Edgar Lungu, to meet the aspirations of our people,” he said.
And Mr Kambwili, who accused some ministers of telling lies about him to President Lungu, urged PF members to embrace each other and avoid squabbles.
“Surely, you expect me to sponsor jerabos in Chingola to destabilise the Copperbelt so that President Lungu loses popularity so that I take over as President in 2021.
“We need to love and protect one another but what is happening now in the PF is that people are enjoying telling lies about others,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said President Lungu needs to be given enough time to settle and deliver to the expectations of the Zambian people.
“We have a President in the name of Edgar Lungu, whose mandate is upto 2021 [as republican President] and 2020 [as PF President],” Mr Kambwili said.
And Mr Kambwili said he has nothing against President Lungu and that he should not be maligned when he gives divergent views on national issues.
He said there is also need to embrace divergent views in the ruling party for the sake of democracy.
Mr Kambwili regretted the “levels of indiscipline” among some junior members of the party towards him.