Former Lusaka Province Minister and Son of the late President Mulenga Sata is alleged to have failed to produce a grade 12 certificate during the adoption process conducted by the provincial committee.
According to PF member of the Central Committee (MCC) Paul Moonga, Mr Sata allegedly failed to produce his grade 12 certificate when he was asked by the provincial committee to avail them with one after he applied to be considered for a position of Lusaka mayor.
Mr Moonga said after the committee persistently asked Mr Sata to avail it with his certificate, the next thing they saw was him withdrawing from the race.
Mr Moonga further said that Mr Sata’s decision to leave the PF could have been influenced by his allegedly not having a grade 12 certificate to enable him stand as an MP, mayor or councillor.
And PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya said the PF would continue respecting Mr Sata despite the decision he had taken because he was a son to the founding father of the PF, Michael Sata.
Mr Bwalya said it was, however, unfortunate that Mr Sata would not be part of the team that would continue defending his father’s legacy.
When asked whether it was true that Mr Sata had taken the decision to leave the PF because he does not have a grade 12 certificate, Mr Bwalya said:
“We have heard those rumours that he does not have a grade 12 certificate as a qualification for one to stand as Member of Parliament (MP), mayor or councillor, We want to make it clear that Mr Lungu (President) has been accommodative and people who are leaving are not doing so because Mr Lungu has refused to accommodate them.”
“We respect the decision of Mr Sata and we wish him well but most of us are worried that he may not be happy where he has gone because he may not meet his aspirations,” he said.
Efforts to get a comment from Mr Sata on the grade 12 accusations proved futile as his mobile phone went unanswered.