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Lungu pardons PF members

DARLINGTON MWENDABAI, Katete
PRESIDENT Lungu has pardoned all Patriotic Front (PF) members in Eastern Province who were suspended before and during the 2016 general elections to preserve the ruling party’s unity.
And PF Eastern Province chairperson Andrew Lubusha and his predecessor Attany Mwamba have reconciled.
Mr Lungu, who is the president of the PF, said the lifting of the suspensions did not mean they would reclaim the positions they previously held.
He said this at Katete Airstrip when party officials and civil servants welcomed him.
President Lungu warned party members against fuelling confusion instead of focusing on development.
President Lungu looked on as former PF Eastern Province chairperson Attany Mwamba and current chair Andrew Lubusha reconciled.
The two had hitherto been locked in a bitter feud.
“I want those of you peddling lies against Mr Mwamba and Mr Lubusha to stop today. All the detractors should be shamed by promoting unity of purpose.  For those that were suspended prior to the general elections last year, I have pardoned them,” he said.
President Lungu said Eastern Province should lead in promoting peace in the ruling party and that those he had forgiven should not bring division.
He said those coming back from suspension would be treated as ordinary members and that if they continued causing confusion, they would be asked to leave the party.
President Lungu said time for infighting in the party was long gone because the party was interested in fulfilling its promises to Zambians.
He said he was following PF founder President Michael Sata’s legacy of building the ruling party and the nation by embracing everyone.
President Lungu said peace should prevail in Eastern Province and that party members and civil servants should promote hard work instead of peddling lies against one another.
President Lungu thanked Katete residents for voting for him and the PF and pledged to use the mandate they gave him to develop the nation.

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