The PF was unprepared to assume power hence the continued wrangles in the ruling party, opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said.
The continued leadership wrangles in the Patriotic Front (PF) government shows how unprepared the ruling party has been to govern since assuming power, opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has said.
And Federation of Free Trade Unions in Zambia (FFTUZ) outgoing president Joyce Nonde has advised the PF to call for an urgent Indaba to try and resolve its leadership crisis, saying that the resurgence of the anti-Wynter Kabimba calls should be a source of concern.
Meanwhile, NAREP president Elias Chipimo said the continued calls to have Mr. Kabimba who is PF secretary general removed from the ruling party reflects poor leadership.
In an interview yesterday, Mr. Hichilema said that the infighting for leadership positions in the PF was a source of concern and if not checked and stopped would spill over to the entire country.
Commenting on the resurgence of the Wynter Kabimba revolt in the PF, Mr. Hichilema said the demands to have Mr. Kabimba removed were expected looking at the way he had handled himself and matters.
He said Mr. Kabimba was eating his own ‘vomit’ and should therefore brace himself for harder times for belonging to the ruling party that had roundly rejected his leadership style.
Mr. Hichilema said the PF had failed to function and deliver because it was occupied with infighting on who should take over leadership after President Michael Sata retires.
“The leadership wrangles in the PF have affected the operation of government. People are not sure about what happens next. The way things are moving, there is no leadership in the country because those entrusted with leadership instruments have failed to promote unity, peace and stability in the nation since taking over from the MMD in 2011,” said Mr. Hichilema.
“Just the other day, PF cadres protested against which situation Kabimba and the internal leadership wrangles have contributed to the situation,” he said.
He said it was high time the people of Zambia were given a leadership which would inspire them now and in the future.
“We have seen the resurgence of calls against PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba. This is because even the party officials themselves have no confidence in the leadership. The PF is a party of THUGS, these chaps are violent and their conduct is a source of concern to the promotion of good governance and democratization of the nation,” said Mr. Hichilema.
And Ms. Nonde Simukoko said the PF should start behaving like a party in power instead of conducting itself as if it were still in the opposition.
She said the continued infighting in the PF painted a bad picture about Zambia both locally and internationally.
Ms Simukoko suggested that the only way to address the problems the PF was facing was to call for an Indaba where all warring parties would be brought together to try and iron out their differences.
“There is need for the PF to instill discipline in their party structures. PF must know that they are in power; they are no longer in the opposition. They must also know that all eyes are on them, both internationally and locally and whatever they do, they are being watched,” she said.
She said the attitude of leaving everything to chance was a wrong way of governance, adding that the PF as a party in power should show leadership and confidence to the people they lead.
Meanwhile NAREP president Elias Chipimo said there was no doubt that the leadership wrangles in the PF was as a result of who would succeed President Sata.
Mr. Chipimo said going by the happenings in the PF, it was clear that members of the ruling party were not happy about certain individuals’ conduct and it is therefore important that the PF leadership comes out clear on the succession issue.
“PF is the party in power and they must know that they have a responsibility to resolve such matters internally and if they don’t resolve the issue of succession, there will be an eruption of a leadership crisis,” said Mr. Chipimo.