Acting President Guy Scott has unreservedly apologized to UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema over a statement linking him to Satanism issued by Bishop Edward Chomba at a PF rally in Kabwe.
Dr Scott told a media briefing at City Airport before departure for Itezhi Tezhi that the PF is remorseful over Bishop Chomba’s statement.
He said Bishop Chomba is fraud who has run away from problems in the USA adding that he was not even invited to speak at the Kabwe rally but merely forced himself on stage.
Dr Scott was flanked at the news briefing with PF Secretary General Davies Chama AND Matero MP Miles Sampa.
Dr. Scott has travelled to Itezhi Tezhi to beef up support for PF Presidential candidate Edgar Lungu and inspect road and power projects,
‘Allow me to wholeheartedly and unqualifiedly offer the apology of the PF leadership to Hakainde Hichilema and anybody else who by implication was accused of eating babies and drinking blood and so on and for forth by a certain bogus Bishop who forced himself on stage, he didn’t even tell us who he was,’ Dr Scott claimed.
Dr Scott added, ‘This Bishop Chomba just appeared on the stage and started saying he was Bishop this Bishop that Chomba, who i think he had some problems in the US and decided to come here. He has been proved to be a complete fraud many times’
‘Like i said, we apologise wholeheartedly, we don’t want a campaign based on taking advantage of people’s ignorance and superstitions, we want a campaign based on development, education and health and democracy. So please take that as one hundred percent position of the PF.’
On criticism that the latest reconciliation of factions in the PF was not genuine, Dr Scott urged those doubting the reconciliation process to embrace it.
‘This is a PF team, there is only one PF. Obviously reconciliation doesn’t take place at all levels simultaneously. Obviously reconciliation has to start at the top but once it has started, it needs to go down to the bottom and that is what is happening.’
Dr Scott said there is no doubt that this reconciliation is real because the party leadership realises that it has ob to do and that is to campaign for the party.
At the same briefing, Miles Sampa refuted fresh reports that he will soon be launching his own political party
Mr Sampa also stated that innocent people in along structures who supported him during his presidential bid are being persecuted.
‘i know my innocent supporters are being targeted without the blessings of the top. I wish to urge the party’s rank and file to embrace my supporters back into the party and allow them to run along the part programmes,’ he said.
Meanwhile, PF Secretary General Davies Chama has announced that all suspensions in the PF are null and void.
‘All the suspensions based on witch hunting are not valid but allow me to emphasise that misbehaving after this reconciliation will not be tolerated,’ Mr Chama said.