THE Patriotic Front is stronger and even more united at the moment as there are no divisions among senior party members despite some unscrupulous people claiming otherwise, PF secretary general Davis Mwila has charged. The PF was said to be divided on a number of key issues, including the appointment of Felix Mutati as Finance minister and the dismissal of Chishimba Kambwili as Information and Broadcasting minister as well as chief Government spokesperson.
But Mr Mwila dispelled the claims, stating that the party was still enjoying cordial relations with Mr Kambwili, who he said was still a member of the party and also a member of the central committee.
He also said that President Edgar Lungu enjoyed his prerogative to hire and fire and that no one could question why he appointed Mr Mutati.
“It is the prerogative of the President to appoint or fire whoever he wants and no one can question that. There are no divisions among senior members of our party as some unscrupulous people are claiming.
“As for Mr Kambwili they are talking about, we are still enjoying a cordial relationship with him; he is still a member of the party and the central committee. There is unity in the party, there are no divisions,” he said.
He said that the PF, as a party, did not have any problems with Mr Kambwili even if he was being investigated by the Anti-Corruption Commission.
And Mr Mwila said that those who thought that PF officials were aggrieved by the appointment of an opposition leader (Mr Mutati) as a Cabinet minister were wrong because they understood the President’s powers to hire and fire. He said that personally he was happy with the way Mr Mutati was executing his duties so far as the Minister of Finance.