FORMER Minister of Defence George Mpombo says the Patriotic Front (PF) on the Copperbelt is “as hard as a rock” and that alleged attempts by Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili to destabilise it will not work.
Mr Mpombo says the PF on the Copperbelt is too strong to easily shake up and has urged the former Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services to humble himself and respect President Lungu and the PF leadership.
He said in an interview yesterday that President Lungu has remained popular in the province due to improvements in various economic fundamentals such as increased investments in road infrastructure.
The former Kafulafuta legislator has since appealed to Mr Kambwili to exercise humility and give President Lungu an opportunity to fulfil the vision of President Michael Sata.
“Unless he does that, he will find himself in a crumbled heap of political material that has made many capable politicians go astray.
“Therefore, having anybody entertaining the idea of forming a political party is equivalent to engaging in epileptic moves,” he said.
When contacted for a comment, Mr Kambwili said he appreciates and values the advice by Mr Mpombo but that he should have travelled to his home in Luanshya to talk to him in person.
“I respect his opinion, but I don’t think he needed to use the media. That is cheap politicking,” he said.
And Mr Mpombo has called on all Zambians to jealously guard the peace the country has enjoyed for a long time by behaving responsibly.
Mr Mpombo said the pronouncement of a threatened state of emergency following the invocation of Article 31 of the Constitution by President Lungu may be lifted if Zambians maintain peace in the country.
“The President acted in order to nip the threat to national security in the bud because destruction to public property was a serious threat to the economy, human life and foreign direct investment,” he said.
Mr Mpombo said the level of hatred that has engulfed the country of late is not good for development and regional stability.
He has since called on the opposition to stop disputing President Lungu’s legitimacy and concentrate on organising itself for the 2021 general elections.
“The opposition must pick up broken pieces and start preparing for the next elections instead of embarking on the campaign of horrible vitriol against Government and the President,” Mr Mpombo said.
He said irresponsible political rhetoric should not be entertained because there are no more campaigns and urged those still living in denial to accept the outcome of last year’s general elections.
Mr Mpombo said the United Party for National Development must respect President Lungu and wait for 2021, when the next general elections will be held.