Patriotic Front National Chairperson for Youth and Security and Minister of Home Affairs Hon Stephen Kampyongo has backed PF Secretary General Hon Davies Mwila’s statement that President Edgar Lungu was the Party’s candidate for 2021. He has further dismissed assertions by Roan MP Hon Chishimba Kambwili that the position to rally behind President Lungu is creating political shortcuts. ” Those with an insatiable appetite for power should take a chill pill and ensure they are in good standing with the Party. We are not short-circuiting democracy when we assert that there is the unwritten rule that an incumbent should not be challenged, we are raising a position not just peculiar to Zambia but other advanced democracies such as the USA”, said Hon Kampyongo.
Speaking in his capacity as National Chairperson for Youth and Security in the Central Committee, Hon Kampyongo has observed that while he was reluctant to respond to senior members who are in the habit of casting aspersions on the Party when they very well knew established party channels, he had to do so to correct the wrong messages being sent out by some. He has taken a swipe at senior members of the Party driving anti-PF propaganda and distortions, warning that such schemes would not go unchallenged. “Senior members of the Party understand established channels of communication but a handful have elected to play to the gallery as darlings of hostile media whose authenticity and credibility is difficult to prove. Let me warn them that the Party will not entertain the pain they got us through when they rallied behind Guy Scott. We want a disciplined Party and the national youth wing of the PF shall do everything to protect the Party from political vultures and scavengers within and outside,” he has warned.
” The Secretary General did not say that the General Conference will not be held. PF is the most democratic party in the Zambia to the extent that despite having a position on who the Presidential candidate was, other members in good standing with the Party can file in their applications if they so desire. Those with Presidential ambitions are welcome to throw in their applications at the General Conference in 2020 but the Party already has a Candidate in His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. Those with an insatiable appetite for power should tame their hunger and anger. The General Conference will go ahead in 2020 as announced by the Secretary General and all Central Committee positions will be open to elections and those in good standing with the Party can apply to contest. However, as a mark of confidence, the Party structures have resolved to rally behind President Lungu as our candidate and I speak for PF Youth structures countrywide”, Hon Kampyongo has said.
Hon Kampyongo has also said that President Lungu has proved that he can unite the Party going by the way he managed the transition following late President Michael Sata’s untimely death. “The Party has taken great lessons from the transition we went through after late President Michael Sata died in Office. We experienced the most painful period, politically as a Party. And as a learning political organization, we have taken great lessons in ensuring that the same vultures who sought our blood in 2014 do not do so in 2020 going into 2021,” he said.
Hon Kampyongo has said the Party was focused on delivering on its promises as demanded for by Zambians. He has said that it was a mark of confidence for the Party to rally behind President Lungu. ” On that premise, we’ll take President Lungu back to the people as our candidate because he would have proved himself as a faithful and loyal servant of the masses. Zambians want President Lungu to deliver and that is why the Party is rallying behind him. He is on course driving a robust development agenda and there is no substitution.
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