IT is a disgraceful and immoral for Mulenga Sata and Miles Sampa to seek election as mayor under the Patriotic Front (PF) ticket says, founder member Mubanga Chileshe.
Mr Chileshe has called upon the Patriotic Front party structures to adopt Lusaka City Market manager Mwenya Matafwali.
Mr Chileshe told the Daily Nation in an interview that it was too early for the duo to seek the position of mayor after they ditched the party and worked against it in the last general election.
“Even if their father was the founder of the PF it does not give the cousins the right to leave the party and come back at will, this is a political party which obviously has many loyal members who equally deserve the right to be in these positions,” he said.
Mr Chileshe urged Mr Sata and Mr Sampa not to be selfish adding that their return to the party was not in good faith.
He said there was nothing wrong with them returning to the PF but it was immoral to return to the party with only the intention to get positions of influence.
Mr Chileshe said the duo had held several top positions under the Patriotic Front and it was unacceptable for them to be given priority in adoption, at the expense of members who had always been loyal to the party.
He further said that if the PF was adopting on merit they should consider adopting Mr Matafwali as he had turned around the financial fortunes of Lusaka City Market even its current form.
Mr Chileshe said Mr Matafwali had managed to pay workers’ arrears which the market owed to the employees and had against all odds raised revenue for the market.
He added that Mr Matafwali had excellent management skills and should be considered for adoption.
Meanwhile Former PF Lusaka Province Chairpersn Longe Mulenga has also backed Mr Matafwali saying he was an excellent and vibrant administrator.
He in turn castigated Mr Sata for eyeing the mayoral position adding that it was premature for him to do so.
“We should learn lessons from the Chilanga by election, were we adopted a new comer and she won, it is not always that we have to adopt recycled politicians, let us give chance to people who have demonstrated that they can perform like Matafwali who has run city market so well,” Mr Mulenga said.