PF not personal property, says Lungu

PRESIDENT Lungu salutes residents and PF party supporters at Mansa airport yesterday. PICTURE: SALIM HENRY/STATE HOUSE

PRESIDENT Lungu says the Patriotic Front (PF) is collectively owned by all members and no one should claim to be the sole proprietor of the

ruling party.
The head of State says he is merely privileged to currently lead the party and that when time comes, another person will take over its leadership.
Addressing a horde of people who turned up at Mansa Airport yesterday to receive him, President Lungu said PF will in 2020/2021 go for a general conference to choose a new leader to lead the party into the national elections.
“I am a product of a democratic process, and so I will adhere and subscribe to democratic tenets by going for a general conference in 2020/2021 so that I may be given another mandate. We are a democracy and I am not a dictator, a dictator does not look like me,” President Lungu said.
He said when the founder of the party Michael Sata died, very few people gave PF chance, but because the party is owned collectively, it retained power.
President Lungu warned that those who think they own PF will be sorted out.
He urged PF members to embrace new people so that the party can get stronger and win the 2021 general elections.
“Let us embrace one another and consolidate our party in our strongholds so that we can garner more votes in 2021,” President Lungu said.
The President said PF structures countrywide should start preparing for 2021 now so that the party does not find it difficult to win the next general elections.
President Lungu said if PF loses in 2021, development will be halted because the party’s vision will have died.
Meanwhile, President Lungu, who is in Luapula to officially open the Luapula Expo today and attend the Umutomboko traditional ceremony in Mwansabombwe on Saturday, said the province will soon see development that has dodged it over the past 50 years.
“Advertise Luapula and expose its potential. I promised development and so I will not let you down,” the head of State said.
Speaking earlier, PF deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri urged party members in the province not to give chance to those who want to stop development in Zambia.
“Don’t worry that we chased others, even in your own home you discipline your children. So I urge all structures, especially the grass roots, to get down to work,” Mrs Phiri said.
She wondered why some people want to treat the MMD badly when the former ruling party helped the PF win the 2016 general elections.
Mrs Phiri said those who want to assume the PF leadership should wait for God’s time because it is the best thing to do.

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