CHIPENZI’S STATEMENT ON PRESIDENT LUNGU’S APPOINTMENT OF MULENGA SATA UNFORTUNATE- BY SUNDAY CHANDA, PF MEDIA AND PUBLICITY COMMITTEE VICE CHAIRPERSON
5th July 5, 2015 – The FODEP Executive Director and UPND sympathizer Mr. Macdonald Chipenzi’s allegation that His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu could have breached the constitution when he appointed Deputy Minister Mulenga Sata is founded in sheer desperation and dangerous ignorance of the law.
It’s a no brainer that Article 68, a provision Mr. Chipenzi chose to manipulate was framed to bar losing parliamentary candidates from being nominated as MPs. The reason is obvious. After being rejected by the people, a losing candidate cannot be forced on the people as a nominated MP behind their back. Logically, it refers to losing candidates because it would be redundant nominating a winning one.
Mr. Chipenzi knows too well that Deputy Minister Mulenga Sata never stood as MP. He did stand as a Councillor but the Constitution does not refer to Councillors but MPs. In any case, even if it included Councillors Sata Jnr should still have had lost elections (rejected by the people) at that level. So if the people accepted him as a Councillor, it follows that they would not have a problem with him being nominated as an MP.
We are aware that President Lungu’s enemies are regrouping as evidenced by remarks from Dr. Guy Scott that there was a contradiction of late President Michael Sata’s vision with the strategic re-alignment of political forces, such as MMD and former President Rupiah Banda.
We insist that President Sata was a larger than life personality and there was no way Zambia’s political order would have remained the same with the passing away of such a colossus. Re-configuration had no option but to happen. While Dr. Scott would have preferred PF’s extinction, the people were determined to keep Sata’s dream alive.
Therefore Dr. Scott does not stand on high moral ground on this matter because he was determined to suffocate and mutilate the Sata vision had he not been defeated by people’s power.
Dr. Scott was determined to see that President Lungu never becomes President and PF is kicked out of power. We want to reiterate the position of PF’s Deputy Secretary General that Dr. Scott is working with enemies of President Lungu. On that score we can say to him again that we will defeat him like we did before.
Lastly, there is a fact that people such as Dr. Scott and his friends must accept – President Lungu is the people’s choice and he is marching into the 2016 elections much stronger than ever before. PF remains humbled at the immense support he has continued to receive from Zambians of all ages.
We can also advise that it’s dangerous for people of Mr. Chipenzi’s stature to read and run with the constitution as though it were a novel. This is what happens when an organization like FODEP is reduced to an extension of a political party.
By: Sunday Chanda, Vice Chairperson, PF Media and Publicity Committee