Ruling PF Legal Counsel Tutwa Ngulube says the debate on President Edgar Lungu candidature for the 2021 elections is unnecessary.
In a statement, Mr Ngulube who is also Kabwe Central M.P said it is too early to start having such a debate.
“Ladies and gentlemen, colleagues in the party and media institutions. I wish to take a professional stance over this matter. I have heard several discussions over who the PF Presidential candidate is for 2021 with Hon. Kambwili and Hon Kampyongo taking very strong positions over the matter,” he said.
“As a senior member of the party I wish to advise that both Honourable members are my colleagues in Parliament and know the channels to be employed over this matter.”
Mr Ngulube said if senior members openly differ in the media, they risk confusing the grassroot and will scare away new members.
“This debate for now is unnecessary and has the potential of detracting His Excellency the president from delivering the much needed development in kabwe central where all the roads need attention,” he said.
“Lastly I urge all the parties to exercise maximum restraint in responding to queries over this matter and allow the president to enjoy his tenure without pressure from anywhere,” he added.
He said, “As the lawyer who was in charge of the same dispute in November 2014 and who was very instrumental in restoring the sanctity of the PF constitution I find that its too early for people to differ over this matter.”
Mr Ngulube said the party must impose sanctions on people openly debating this matter and must refer to the central committee anyone who does not heed President Lungu’s previous directives that all the party must concentrate on delivering development and recruiting new members as opposed to bickering.
“Those early endorsements are unnecessary right now as we don’t have elections this year. We still have to wait for a time when party campaigns will be opened.”