KASAMA Central Patriotic Front (PF) Member of Parliament (MP) Saviour
Chishimba has resigned from the party and relinquished his seat, saying the current political system has failed Zambians.
Mr Chishimba said in Ndola yesterday that he had decided to quit partisan politics to champion the formation of a new movement whose aim was to usher in a new crop of youthful political leaders in the country.
He said the 20 years of the MMD-led political pluralism had failed to realise the amount of development attained during the 10 years of the United National Independence Party rule from 1964 to 1974.
He said during a media briefing at his residence in Ndola’s Kansenshi area that a new movement to be called “The Saviour Chishimba Plan to Reclaim Zambia’s Independence” was set to spearhead a new political dispensation in the country.
Mr Chishimba charged that the only way Zambians could have their dreams realised was by bringing in a new crop of national leaders because the performance of the players in the current political arena was disastrous.[quote]
He has written to PF president Michael Sata and Speaker of the National Assembly Amussa Mwanamwambwa informing them about his resignation as party member and MP, respectively.
“In this digital era, I can no longer be part of a political system where only few leaders live in luxury. I stand down as MP and my association with the PF comes to an end. I would like to thank the people of Kasama and God almighty for supporting me.
“We only have two options, it’s either liberty for Zambia or death. It’s time for the country to change for the better. The time for depending on tired politicians for national salvation has failed us as a people,” Mr Chishimba said.
He said he is a member of the Bemba Royal family of Chitimukulu and a family of freedom fighters who are all synonymous with sacrifice for Zambia.
He said he was not ready to be part of the growing political elite while the majority of Zambians continued living in abject poverty.
“To bring about change we do not need political party partnerships but people to people partnerships. The era of politicians directing the people instead of the people directing politicians should come to an end,” he said.
He said that political party pacts based on tribal and regional groups were not capable of meeting the expectations of the Zambian people because they could not last and had no room in modern-day Zambia.
In a letter dated July 1, 2009, Mr Chishimba thanked Mr Sata for helping him understand the status of Zambian politics and the opportunity to contest a parliamentary seat on the PF platform.
“Now the spirit of the living God tells me it is finished and there is nothing I can do, but to obey. I hereby submit my resignation from the Patriotic Front effective 27 July 2009. Kindly let me know if there are things that I have to clear from the party and you as my leader.”
Meanwhile, PF spokesman Given Lubinda said the party was not ready to accept Mr Chishimba’s resignation before be formally resigns on July 27 because there was a possibility that he could backpedal on what he had announced.
“Knowing my young man he could be driven by emotions and hyper-frustrations. As a party we will wait for what will happen once the emotions come down.
“Currently, he is still our MP until that date comes. We cannot remove someone from the noose before there is an attempt for one to be hanged,” Mr Lubinda said.
[Times of Zambia]