Patriotic Front (PF) Media and Publicity Committee Vice Chairperson, Sunday Chanda has lashed out at the critics of President Edgar Lungu on court case on deferring 2016 elections and the accommodation of the former first lady Dr Christine Kaseba.
In a statement released to the media, Mr Chanda said the deferring of the 2016 elections is not a PF project and the issue has been disowned by PF. Mr Chanda further dismissed assertions that the former first Lady is being mistreated because he was a political opponent to President Lungu
Below is the full statement
ATTACKS AGAINST PRESIDENT LUNGU MALICIOUS – STATEMENT BY SUNDAY CHANDA, VICE CHAIRPERSON, PF MEDIA AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE
Lusaka, Zambia, 28th June 2015 – We have noted that Political Flukes such as FDD Leader Ms. Edith Nawakwi derive the greatest pleasure in distorting and misrepresenting objectivity and reasonableness.
At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we repeat for Ms. Nawakwi and her sponsor’s ears that the petition before the Courts is not and will not be a project of the Patriotic Front (PF) whichever way they want to look at it. PF has its own legal team and if and when need arises to bring any matters before the Courts, we will not seek the services of a lawyer who also happens to be Mr. Wynter Kabimba’s friend, Mr. Malipenga.
We are not desperate for representation in the context of the said application before the Courts. Suffice to state that Mr. Malipenga is an officer of the Court and how the Courts determine his matter on behalf of those he is representing, is none of PF’s business or interest. It is shameful and wishful thinking for Ms. Nawakwi to allege that no such application would go to the Courts without the President’s express authority.
President Lungu does not toy with the Courts of law and neither does he play ping-pong with the Legislature. Besides being the Republican President, President Lungu is an officer of the Court with great appreciation for the separation of powers.
This is one domain Ms. Nawakwi does not appreciate going by her sentiments, seemingly she was used to Presidents who kept Courts in their pockets. On that score we say to her that “zozi are zozi, Lungu is anaza”! Unless in their own imagination, there exists another PF apart from the ruling party, it does not make sense that they still insist on a matter we have disowned as a Party.
PF also finds the Post Editorial of June 28, 2015 full of distortions and malice. President Lungu does not view the former First Lady Dr. Christine Kaseba as his political opponent as the editorial alleges.
PF has made it crystal clear that whatever happened following the passing on of our Patriarch and founding President Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata (MHSRIP) was part of the party’s intra-party democracy and no one has victimized the former First Lady for having exercised her right in that regard.
As part of his inaugural address on 25th January 2015, President Lungu promised to take care of the former First Lady and this position has never changed to this day. No sane person can doubt the fact that President Lungu has always held late President Sata in highest regard and that is not even a matter subject of any debate.
There are people whom claim to have loved the late President who never even spared a moment to pay their last respects to one of the country’s greatest sons of the soil. The Zambian people know who these are by name and we shall not venture into that debate because by their conduct the public will continue to judge them.
Lastly, PF is aware that accommodation acceptable to the former First Lady has been found and the statement from the Secretary to Cabinet put this fruitless debate to a close.
We ask that the media and their mouthpieces will respect the former First Lady’s and that of the Sata family’s privacy in this regard.
By: Sunday Chanda, Vice Chairperson, PF Media and Publicity Committee