Traditional leaders in Eastern Province have added their voice in condemning the actions of Acting President Guy Scott who fired Edgar Lungu as Patriotic Front acting General Secretary.
Chief Madzimawe of the Ngoni speaking people of Chipata district in Eastern province, said traditional leaders in Eastern Province are saddened with actions unfolding in the Patriotic Front and wondered how the acting President can fire Mr. Lungu when the nation is still mourning the late President.Chief Madzimawe said the actions of Dr. Scott are unZambian and unAfrican as people do not share property when the owner has not yet been buried.
The traditional leader wondered why Dr. Scott did not take a leaf from the actions of former republican president Rupiah Banda who did not fire anyone from their position when he was in the same position after late president Mwanawasa’s demise in 2008 despite wide spread succession disputes in the MMD.
“As a traditional leader I’m saddened by the events in government and the ruling PF. How can the acting President fire Edgar Lungu at the time we are mourning.
“This is unZambian and unAfrican because we don’t share property of the deceased when the body is still in the house,” said Chief Madzimawe
“When late President Mwanawasa died Rupiah Banda acted and it was an open secret that he differed with fellow party members and cabinet members but he never acted in the manner Dr. Scott is acting as he embraced everyone till the mourning period was over and everybody freely contested the party selection process for candidate to stand on its ticket,” he added
The traditional leader further added that they will not sit back and watch their son being mistreated by the acting president.
“And as chiefs from Eastern province will sit back and watch our Son being Edgar lungu being mistreated like that.
We shall stand by our sons and any well meaning Zambian in this period of mourning our beloved President. May his soul rest in eternal peace,” said the traditional leader.
The feeling of disaffection spilled out onto the streets on Monday night, as around 50 PF protestors chanting anti-Guy Scott songs blocked Leopards Hill Road and burned tyres outside the Belvedere lodge, where some mourners for the late President Michael Sata are accommodated.In Kitwe PF cadres locked the district commissioners office in protest over Acting Guy Scott’s decision to fire Edgar Lungu.
FDD spokeperson Antonio Mwanza said it is very hypocritical for Guy Scott to ask us Zambians to mourn Sata while he is busy scheming and campaigning.He said 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,,’he said.
United Party for National Development (UPND) Livingstone District spokesperson Neto Halwabala has appealed to Patriotic Front (PF) members in the district and country at large to mourn late President Michael Sata with respect.Mr Halwabala said the current happenings in the PF were un African and alien to the Zambian culture when it comes to respect accorded to mourning a loved one.He said the current developments in the PF were very disappointing saying that it showed that they did not have respect for their Leader and for republican president.
“What is happening in the PF now is very disappointing because we want PF to prove that they can provide leadership and they can only do that if they remain united even after the death demise of President Sata,” Mr Halwabala said.
The MMD in Northern Province has advised the ruling PF leaders to bury their differences and allow for the dignified funeral of late Republican President Michael Sata.MMD provincial chairman Steven Mukuka said
it was against the African culture to begin making appointments before burial of a respected member of society.
Mr. Mukuka also called on MMD members to unite and mourn the late president in dignity and respect.