Interim PF President Guy Scott has announced that Edgar Lungu has been reinstated as party Secretary General.In a joint statement signed by Dr Scott and Mr Lungu released shortly after an emergency central committee meeting at his State Lodge farm, Dr Scott said the position of party Secretary General will remain with Edgar Lungu.
“It is critical that we respect the mourning period and that we remain united as a party, as a Government and indeed as a nation, Dr Scott said.
He added, “We must work together in order to ensure that the family of the late President and the nation at large is able to put our beloved leader to rest in a manner that is orderly, appropriate and respectful of our traditions.”Dr Scott said leaders of the PF and Government are united in an appeal for peace adding that all party members, cadres and others must immediately desist from any form of unrest or violence.
“It is completely unacceptable that our grief and mourning be marred by violence and disorder such as has been observed in some places over night and today. Further, all party members must desist from issuing inflammatory statements to the media, including online publications.”
He added, ” In the context of the agreement on the foregoing, the Interim President of the PF has stated that the position of PF Secretary General will remain with Hon. Lungu. After completion of burial of President Sata, the PF Central Commitee will then be convened, following due process as laid down in the PF constitution. At that time, any member of the Central Commitee who intends to stand for election as Party Secretary General or holder of any other position that may present a conflict of interest will be required to step down from those positions.”
Meanwhile in Choma, scores of PF cadres gathered at their district office and called on acting President Guy Scott to immediately reinstate Mr Lungu as party Secretary General.
The placard-carrying-youths said they were not happy with decision by Dr Scott to drop Mr Lungu at the time when the nation was still mourning the death of President Michael Sata.
PF Choma Constituency youth Information Publicity Secretary Joe Kamoko said it was uncalled for among senior party members to point fingers at each other.
“As PF youths in Choma, we are disappointed that in the midst of state funeral for our late President Sata, we have seen bickering among our senior party members such as our acting President (Dr Scott) dropping Mr Lungu as party secretary General,” he said.
Southern Province political secretary Simalonga Siachoona who joined the youths urged Zambians to mourn Mr Sata in dignity and avoid confrontations that could deter national peace and unity.