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PF rival factions exchange punches in the presence of Edgar Lungu

Headlines PF rival factions exchange punches in the presence of Edgar Lungu...

File:PF cadres wielding their party symbol outside the Lusaka magistrate court
File:PF cadres wielding their party symbol outside the Lusaka magistrate court

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) rival parties clashed in Livingstone on Monday afternoon in full view of party Secretary General Edgar Lungu who in turn condemned the violence and called for tolerance.

Some party officials were seen tossing and blocking their colleagues from welcoming Mr Lungu as he arrived at Livingstone Civic Centre to greet party supporters.

Those who were blocked resisted the pressure and pushed their way inside and this ultimately resulted in exchange of punches.One official, who was accused of being in former Secretary General Wynter Kabimba’s camp, was overheard questioning where her colleagues
were when the PF was struggling in the opposition.

Her remarks further incensed other officials who later descended on her and tossed her around inside the Civil Centre.

Those of who still want Mr Kabimba to remain as party Secretary General should change or sit at the bench to just watch because I am in charge now,” Mr Lungu said.

The police tried to separate the two rival parties but the officials continued tossing each other in the presence of Mr Lungu, PF Southern Province chairperson Daniel Munkombwe and PF Livingstone Member of Parliament Lawrence Evans among others.

Mr Evans could not hold his emotions and tears while pleading with party officials to promote love and unity.The tiff only ended when Mr Munkombwe started leading in singing the
national anthem while raising his fist and the two parties also joined in singing with raised fists and ultimately suspended their conflict.

And addressing the party supporters after calm retained, Mr Lungu said the example of behavior he witnessed was totally unacceptable within the ruling PF.Mr Lungu said PF was a peaceful and disciplined party and hence there was need for members to tolerate each other.

“What I have seen here in Livingstone is a semblance of anarchy. As newly appointed PF Secretary General, I will not allow this lawlessness.The reason why I will not allow anarchy is because President Michael Sata told me to grow the party so that we bounce back into power in 2016,” he said.

Mr Lungu announced that PF would soon hold a provincial conference in Choma for two days where various party matters would be tabled.He also condemned some PF officials who were questioning where their colleagues were when PF was struggling in the opposition saying both new and old members were welcome in the ruling party.

Mr Lungu said politics was about numbers and hence there was need to recruit more members to enable the ruling party grow.He also urged all PF members to accept the fact that he was currently the party Secretary General while President Sata was at the top of the
ruling party.

“Those of who still want Mr Kabimba to remain as party Secretary General should change or sit at the bench to just watch because I am in charge now,” Mr Lungu said.

He also said he recently met Mr Munkombwe and PF media director Brian Hapunda over the differences they had and reconciled the two.

Speaking at the same gathering, Mr Munkombwe said the party in Southern Province was peaceful and there were only few people who were promoting violence.Mr Munkombwe, who was physically disturbed with what transpired during the meeting, urged all party members to work together through established party structures instead of hijacking the party.

29 COMMENTS

    • kkekekeke,,,, lawrence Evans this is the weakest mu coloured i have even seen,, ala iwe! people are fighting for you and you as a leader start crying,,,, but zoona,,, uyu leader, MP, crying shuwa in public,,,, Lawrence please go to kambwili and learn how to be strong when throwing punches without crying

    • Mushota, Mushota do you read and listen to the news? I believe you are a ghost who hound the innocent.
      I am becoming skeptical if our PF will continue with the same manner whereby the Minister of Defence, Minister of JUSTICE, Secretary General of the PF party could not condemn such a vice.
      In my understanding is that Lungu went to incite the violence in livingstone

    • why should you even waste time reading Mushota ‘s comments. its a waste of time to even thumb down becoz nothing sensible have I ever read in her analysis of issues but provoking bloggers that’s the reason why she continues in that line of blogging.

      check this out.

    • This is the true reflection of illiterate people ruling our country. When you vote for dander heads and Kolwestans should not expect order. In 2016 we should gear ourselves to see street to street battles. Zambians open your eyes and vote out this organized criminal Gang mascarading as a political party. For God’s sake we in a democracy not Chacha days. Remove these primitive creatures we don’t need them, they will pollute our children.Viva HH .

  1. Somebody once said; If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, it certainly is a duck. Now, If they raise fists, punches with fists, and are involved in Panga Fights, then certainly they are………(Fill in the blanks)

    • Ok, I get it now. So their party symbol (the fist) is actually for punching each other or anybody else with a different view. Wont be surprised if they add the machete to their symbols.

  2. If they can punch each other within the party, what more will they do to opposition parties? Give power to dander heads, you are killing the national! Power in wrong hands

  3. If it quacks and walks like a duck is a duck. PF has always being a violet party becuase youths have been used to advance PF cause while in opposition. Now that they are in power, are turning among themselves.

  4. there are no factions. just chaps that need to focus on one point, and that point is HEMCS… lungus job is to make that happen! so far so good.

  5. DO THEY LOOK LIKE THEY ARE FIGHTING OR THEY ARE JUST RAISING PARTY SYMBOL? LT SHOULD HAVE TAKEN A BETTER PICTURE TO CONCUR WITH THEIR STORY. HOWEVER, PF SHOULD NOT TAKE THE GOOD WILL THAT THE ZAMBIANS HAVE GIVEN THEM FOR GRANTED. THERE IS ALWAYS A TIME WHEN PEOPLE SAY “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” THIS IN-FIGHTING WITHIN PF IS SLOWLY BECOMING A PIN IN THE WRONG SIDE. ZAMBIA IS NOT SHORT OF LEADERS. PF SHOULD KNOW THAT EVEN IF THE CROP OF CURRENT OPPOSITION LEADERS IS FEEBLE, A LEADER AND PARTY CAN RISE UP FROM ANYWHERE AND WRESTLE POWER FROM THEM. YES IT WONT BE HH AND IT CANNOT BE MMD, FDD, NEREP OR HP. ZAMBIANS ARE KNOWN TO CHANGE IN A TWINKLING OF AN EYE.

  6. Why should the PF SG be a serving minister at the same time, how does he account for his ministerial time while he’s attending to party business? Why can’t the SG be a full time serving officer? I mean who’s doing his work as minister of justice when he’s touring the country on party business?

  7. @Sido Mark, Lets suppose Hakainde, by some infinitesimal miracle, became president of the Nation, are you going to cut off your ‘kolwestan’ region? Or are you just going to be celebrating ‘the Tonga rule’ as your ultimate achievement? You are pathetc. By the way, did you know that everytime you say “only hh” “only a Tonga” etc, you not only malign all the other tribes? Wise up son!!

  8. Well, as long as they keep the fights among themselves we are to encourage them. They will eliminate themselves before 2016!

  9. PF culture should not go beyond 2016 because we will seize to be a Zambia as known by the rest of the world. Primitive, uncivilised politics should end with 2015. Zambia should not be polluted with machete, pangas and a culture of deceit ‘Don’t kubeba’ curse. Zambia should stand up proud and free with moral integrity and respect. New leadership is required to rule our nation.

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