PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba has lashed out at sentiments that the PF is losing popularity going by the recent by election results.
And Mr Kabimba has described the UPND’s victory in the Katuba by election as an accident which happened due to tribal politics.
Mr Kabimba said the PF is still very popular and has now become a national party which represented in all parts of the country.
He said the PF has managed to win 10 of the 19 by election held since the 2011 general elections with the UPND getting six or the MMD scooped 3.
Mr Kabimba was speaking a live Sunday Interview TV programme on ZNBC.
“With those results, you can clearly see that the PF is popular, if it is for Katuba, we have performed far much better than we did in 2011,” Mr Kabimba said.
He added, “You will need to pray for a miracle that the PF loses in 2016, it is like praying for a pig to fly.”
Mr Kabimba who is also Justice Minister attributed the UPND’s victory in Katuba to ethnicity and tribal sentiments that the UPND allegedly employed during campaigns.
“For us, we lost Katuba because our opponents used the tribal trump card. It is so unfortunate that the new Katuba MP even went to Parliament to give his maiden speech which was full of tribal sentiments,” he said.
“The results in Katuba do not cause sleepless nights. We are not dropping any seats, infact all the seats we have won apart from Mansa Central we have grabbed from the opposition. Give me one PF that the opposition has won from the PF, zero.”
“I’m not putting words in anybody’s mouth here, this is what they say. I get into these campaigns myself and this is what I hear and sometimes I get a chilling spine to hear young upcoming leaders today having no argument against you purely on account of ethnicity,” he said.
Mr Kabimba said, “There is a philosophy here which has become a policy of one political party and it goes even to the extent of its establishment. You will recall for example when Anderson Mazoka died, there was somebody who made a statement that we would not allow any other person to lead this party rather than a southerner.”
Mr Kabimba also revealed that the ruling party does not have required numbers in human resources to effectively mobilise the party.
On President Sata’s statement that some of his MPs are useless, Mr Kabimba attempted to play down the significance of President Sata’s statement.
“You must sometimes take jokes from the President, we are disciples of the President, we are followers of the President and there are times he would like to jostle us so that we could do better than we are performing. I don’t take that really as a serious slate against any Member of Parliament. I think the President has respect for his MPs, he has respect for his Ministers and he knows that we can deliver.”
Mr Kabimba also reiterated that the PF government is still committed to delivering a people driven constitution.
“We shall deliver on our promises but we have to prioritize. Infact if you went to a villager in Katuba, he has not even heard about the constitution. I travel across this country and I know that for the people out there in terms of priority, they want health services and food and they don’t even care about the constitution.”