PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Chama has that said the ruling party was holding a national character as it was far from tribalism like the United Party for National Development (UPND).
Mr Chama said this when he addressed PF officials at Eastern Comfort Lodge in Chipata yesterday that it was on record that the UPND was a tribal party and believed on tribalism like it was evidenced with the way the January 20th 2015 presidential election votes were handled.
“I have no apology to make; most of us see UPND as a tribal party. After the death of its founding president, Mr Anderson Mazoka who was Tonga, the party was succeeded by another Tonga in the name of Hakainde Hichilema,”Mr Chama said.
He explained that PF after the death of its founding president Michael Sata who was a Bisa from Mpika in Muchinga Province, the party went ahead to elect Edgar Lungu as Party President.
Mr Chama said President Edgar Lungu who was elected Republican President he would continue until 2019 as party president.
He appealed to people to understand that President Lungu was embracing unity in the nation through the One Zambia, One Nation slogan.
He said there was need for Zambians to unite and embrace one another.
Mr Chama said Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba would never be Republican President.
He said Rainbow Party was just in Lusaka, adding that the opposition party cannot win an election because party structures were not existing at grassroots levels in the country.
Mr Chama has since appealed to party members to continue growing up the party in the province by welcoming new party members.
He said Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili and others who expressed displeasure over former Petauke Central MMD Member of Parliament Dora Siliya who joined PF were just expressing their personal views.
Mr Chama however says there is need to continue mobilising the party.
He thanked MMD through former republican president Rupiah Banda and other political parties for assisting the ruling party to win the presidential by-elections.
“There was Cozmo Mumba’s party, there was Mike Mulongoti’s party, there was Fr Frank Bwalya’s party, the MMD and Mr Rupiah Banda and others we say thank you very much for helping us to win the presidential by-election,” he said.
He said there was need to respect political parties which assisted the ruling party to win the presidential by-election by not hitting back by party members.
Eastern Province PF Attany Mwamba called for discipline among party members in order to grow the party in the province.
And MMD PF District Chairman Ganizani Kakungu complained over tension between MMD and PF members stating that the issue of Double Sim strategy was not explained fully by the top ledership.
The meeting was attended by Provincial secretary Eddie Kapalu and several PF leaders.