PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Davies Chama says no party member wishing to become president after Edgar Lungu has been unfairly treated.
Mr Chama said PF central committee acted in accordance with the party constitution. He said the PF conference held last year elected President Lungu as its candidate giving him a five-year mandate.
“No party member has been unfairly treated. We had a general conference late last year, and people who wanted to be president filed in their nominations and expressed their interest to stand, but President Lungu was elected and has a five-year mandate which ends in 2019,” he said.
He said all party members have read the PF constitution and understand that President Lungu’s mandate is up until the next general conference in 2019.
“Everyone has read the constitution and those who haven’t read should read the document and understand that once a president has been elected to lead the party, he has a five-year mandate,” Mr Chama said.
He said as secretary general, he has not received any report from any party member expressing interest to stand on the PF ticket in 2016.
Mr Chama said those with presidential interests to lead the party will have to wait until 2019.
Recently, the PF central committee re-affirmed its decision to adopt President Lungu as its candidate for the 2016 general elections.
Meanwhile, Mr Chama says the PF has continued to gain ground in all the 10 provinces in Zambia, an indication that people are happy with the development programmes by the ruling party.
Mr Chama said contrary to assertions by some opposition political parties in the Northern Province that the PF is finished, the ruling party is getting stronger.
“PF has continued to gain ground in all the 10 provinces and we are determined to ensure that we change the perception that the party is violent by cleaning out all thuggery behaviour,” he said.
He was reacting to assertions by the MMD leadership in Northern Province that PF is finished as well as comments by UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba that the PF is scared of him in Kasama.
“Who doesn’t know that the MMD is a finished party? They have no popularity to brag about. And instead of claiming that the PF is scared, why rush to court when the Speaker (of the National Assembly) declared the Kasama Central seat vacant instead of going for a by-election, if you are really that popular,” Mr Chama wondered.