The ruling Patriotic Front has said that the reported prison visit by former Copperbelt Minister Hon Mwenya Musenge is nothing but a failed political stint.
The Former Copperbelt Minister is reported in the MAST newspaper that he was yesterday sent away from Lusaka Central Prison when he went to visit incarcerated UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema and former PF member Obvious Mwaliteta.
In a statement released to the media and signed by Sunday Chanda, the Media Director, PF said that party had no issues with how people nomadically and politically align themselves.
Below is the full statement
MUSENGE’s VISIT TO HICHILEMA IS A FAILED POLITICAL STUNT
Lusaka, Zambia – The reported prison visit by former Copperbelt Minister Hon Mwenya Musenge is nothing but a failed political stint. It is clear for all to see that it was premeditated and stage-managed to fit into a narrative. The Patriotic Front has no issues with how people nomadically and politically align themselves. Students of political history know for a fact that individuals have sold out politically at one time or another and the actions or inactions before they do so are highly predicable.
Nobody gets shocked after a bat falls to the ground in its sleep because it sleeps upside down and positioned to fall at any given moment. The leadership of the Patriotic Front and members alike can read through some of these actions by a section of members of the party pushing an agenda which is clear for all to see. We are not a party of political novices and under-fives but one led by a politically astute leadership with a rich and credible profile of Zambia’s political institutional memory.
Individual members of the Party have a right to associate and disassociate. This includes them visiting persons and places of their choice.
The carefree ones can opt to visit hell or the moon, as the case might be but it becomes an issue if by their visitation, they compromise or bring into ridicule Patriotic Front’s political standing and objectives. At that point, the relevant mechanisms provided for under the Party Constitution and Disciplinary code come into effect and affected individuals should be ready to pay the price.
We know of political parties such as the United Party for National Development (UPND) which forbids any of their members from visiting State House or they are labelled traitors and the consequences are dire to imagine. We know of political parties such as the UPND which forbids its members from participating in national events being graced by the Head of State President Edgar Chagwa Lungu or they are treated as political lepers.
It is also important to state that the narrative created by the Musenge story is fabricated as part of the stage management earlier on alluded to. It is aimed at painting a bad picture on the ruling party when it is reported that “a prison guard comes running with a telephone in hand shouting all of you stop what you are doing and get out, you will cause me problems, just get out”.
This is another deceitful line in the story crafted to suit UPND’s narrative and the objective behind Mr. Musenge’s visit.
The Patriotic Front is aware that there is a sustained public relations drive to malign this its Government worldwide with the international press having taken a stand and is everyday spewing a very negative outlook on Zambia. We are aware that part of this scheme is getting desperate voices in the ruling party and grant them media space in hostile media after they make such rehearsed media stints.
Lastly, we are calling on Party membership across the Country to be vigilant and in high alert as they watch out for parasitic political opportunists among ourselves who seek to undermine the authority and leadership of our President Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front. We must collectively guard against elements that seek to dilute the Party’s core values and principles.
Director for Media
PATRIOTIC FRONT HEADQUARTERS