PF dismisses Chipenzi talk on Sata


THE Patriotic Front (PF) has dismissed assertions by Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) executive director McDonald Chipenzi that President Lungu breached article 39 of the constitution when he appointed Mulenga Sata as State House deputy minister.
PF media and publicity committee vice-chairperson Sunday Chanda said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that Mr Sata is eligible to be appointed to the position because article 39 of the constitution provides that only a losing parliamentary candidate cannot be appointed to a ministerial position and not a councillor.
Mr Chanda said Mr Chipenzi’s allegations are unfounded.
“Mr Chipenzi as a leader must be honest and objective when providing checks and balances to Government for the betterment of Zambians.
“After being rejected by the people, a losing candidate cannot be forced on the people as a nominated MP behind their back. Logically, it refers to losing candidates because it would be redundant nominating a winning one,” Mr Chanda said.
He said Mr Chipenzi knows too well that Mr Sata never stood as MP.
Mr Chanda said Mr Sata stood as a councillor but that the constitution does not refer to councillors but MPs.
On former Vice-President Guy Scott’s assertions that the bond between former President Rupiah Banda and President Lungu is a MacGyver bandage that came along with other undertakings, Mr Chanda said Dr Scott does not allegedly stand on high moral ground on this matter because he was determined to suffocate and mutilate the late President Sata’s vision had he not been defeated by the people’s power.
Mr Chanda also said Dr Scott was determined to see that President Lungu never becomes President.
“We want to reiterate the position of PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri that Dr Scott is working with enemies of President Lungu,” he said.

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