ZCSD impressed with PF maturity levels

PATRIOTIC Front president-elect Edgar Lungu displays his party’s presidential adoption certificate at Mulungushi International Conference Centre recently. PICTURE: COLLINS PHIRI.

THE Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) has hailed the ruling party for settling for Edgar Lungu as its candidate for the January 20 Presidential election.
ZCSD executive director Lewis Mwape said the organisation is further impressed by the mature manner the Patriotic Front (PF) is solving the intra-party differences.
Mr Mwape said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that ZCSD was concerned with the wrangles that rocked the party regarding the successor of the late president Michael Sata.
“The wrangles in the ruling party had potential to subvert the economy, whose effects will mainly affect the ordinary citizens, who are already living under very difficult conditions,”     Mr Mwape said.
He, however, has urged Mr Lungu to immediately resign from his ministerial positions as Minister of Justice and Defence to enable him to concentrate on the campaigns.
“Holding to two ministerial positions and continuing to draw tax-payers’ money as a minister in form of salaries and allowances will be tantamount to abuse of public resources.
Mr Lungu will have no time to attend to ministerial duties to justify drawing salaries and allowances from the national treasury,” he said.
He said when Mr Lungu resigns, he will demonstrate integrity and accountability.
“When he resigns, he will earn the trust of Zambians as a true servant of the people,” Mr Mwape said.
He also implored political parties participating in the poll to disclose the sources of funding for their campaigns.
“This is a common practice in advanced economies. Sources of campaign funds dictate trade policies in cases where the political parties are funded from foreign sources.
It is also a receipt for corruption in government where businessmen and women support political parties in anticipation of rewards once the political party forms government,” he said.

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