Ruling PF Deputy General Secretary Mumbi Phiri has issued a stern warning to those pushing for renewed calls to have a convention to choose a candidate for the 2016 general elections.
Mrs Phiri said the party will deal ruthlessly with those that are behind so calls because President Edgar Lungu has a five year mandate which he was given at the last convention in Kabwe.
‘You know, in our Bemba language there is a saying that when greedy people sell fish, they don’t look beyond their noses, you know when President Sata died, some of us tried to talk to our fellow members led by Hon. Guy Scott who were calling for a convention at Mulungushi Conference Centre that let us go to the Central Committee which is the largest decision making body, they refused,’ Mrs Phiri said.
‘The Guy Scott group paid for the venue of the Convention which was in Kabwe and we went there and elected a President through a congress as by our constitution and President Edgar Lungu had a clear win and since he was elected by the congress, it means he has a five year mandate,’ she said.
She added, ‘Those who were not seeing beyond their noses didn’t realise that we had given President Edgar Lungu a five year mandate and what are they now talking about?
‘Let me warm them, we are not going to tolerate any useless means of trying to divide the party, what we went through last year when our President died was not easy and for me, i call it that it was God who was trying to cleanse the bad elements we had with bad intentions in our party,’ she said.
Mrs Phiri continued, ‘Let me tell them, we are not going to allow them and we know some of those people want to form a political party, me as a founder of the Patriotic Front we are here to defend our party and our constitution.