Chipili Member of Parliament Davies Mwila has turned down the appointment as Patriotic Front(PF) Secretary General.
In a walk in interview with ZNBC News, Mr. Mwila said that it is time to mourn President Michael Sata with dignity and honour.
The former Deputy Minister of Defence said that he has lost a mentor, a father and a leader who built him in politics dating back to many years.
He said that he served President Sata with loyalty adding that he cannot belittle the late head of State by not mourning him with dignity.
Mr. Mwila was accompanied by some Members of the Central Committee.
And Sports and Youth Minister Chishimba Kambwili has called on youths not to demonstrate over the firing of Mr. Lungu.
Mr. Kambwili said that some cabinet ministers will be meeting Dr. Scott to iron out the matter.
Earlier acting PF President Guy Scott had appointed Mr. Mwila as new Secretary General, relieving Edgar Lungu of his duties with immediate effect.
In a letter dated 3rd November 2014 released to the media in Lusaka, Dr Scott has thanked Mr. Lungu who is Defence and Justice Minister for his services rendered to the party.
But when reached for comment Mr. Lungu declined to comment over the matter.
Earlier, Dr Scott had appointed Chipili PF Member of Parliament of Davies Mwila as new PF Secretary General. In a letter of appointment, Dr Scott has wished Mr. Mwila success and God’s blessings in his new position.
However, some cabinet Ministers have called on Acting President Guy Scott to rescind his decision to fire Edgar Lungu as PF Secretary General.
Tourism Minister Jean Kapata said that Dr. Scott should not make a decision alone without involving the central committee of governing party.
She was speaking in a walk in interview at ZNBC.
Ms. Kapata said that it is unfortunate that some individuals are making decisions at a time when the country is supposed to mourn President Sata with dignity.
And Chief Government Spokesman Joseph Katema has appealed to Government officials and all party members to mourn President Sata in peace.
Meanwhile, the Opposition Forum for Democracy and Development has described as “UnZambian and a total insult to the memory of late Republican President Michael Sata the behavior of acting President Guy Scott for calling on the public to mourn the President in dignity when he is doing the exact opposite.
FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza noted that the dismissal of Edger Lungu as acting General Secretary is ill timed and paints a picture that the PF is a party in confusion and leadership crisis.
Below is a statement issued by FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza.
We want to Salute Hon Davies Mwila for refusing to be part of Guy Scott’s dirty schemes. We thank him for refusing to be part of this madness.
It is shameful, unZambian and a total insult to the memory of Micheal Sata that while his body is still lying in state, people like Guy Scott and Mulenga Sata are out in full throttle campaigning and posturing in a bid to succeed Sata.
Surely Guy Scott’s dismissal of Edgar Lungu at this hour of mourning is ill-timed and clearly paints a picture that PF is a Party in confusion and leadership crisis.
It is clear that these characters never loved or cared for Sata. For them it was only survival at the expense of Sata’s health.
This is why while we were pleading for President Sata to take leave in view of his apparent failing health they kept on hiding and lying that he was well and working.
Guy Scott has betrayed the memory of his once good friend by continuing to do political gymnastics even when the body of his colleague is still warm. We call upon all warring PF functions to call a truce and mourn Sata with dignity.
It is very hypocritical for Guy Scott to ask us Zambians to mourn Sata while him is busy scheming and campaigning.