Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Kantanshi MP warns against bringing back former President Lungu to lead PF

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Kantanshi member of parliament (PF) Anthony Mumba says PF has been on life support and it will be disastrous to bring back former president Edgar Lungu into the leadership fold.

But PF founder member Charity Banda said the PF must for now hold on against holding a national conference in order to re-organise the party, contrary to her long held view that the party needed a conference to elect a new leader.

Speaking during an interview, Mumba, in reaction to fellow PF member Bowman Lusambo’s assertion that that the UPND were stealing votes and allocating some to the Socialist Party (SP) to create an impression that PF was finished, said the most important thing to remember is that PF has been on “life support” because of what he termed as inconsistencies of who is leading the party, what direction the party is taking and who would lead the party in that direction.

“He is right by saying that the impression that the party is dead is true because if you are going to have the poor results that we have been seeing in Lupososhi, which is the first constituency PF formed and won, is a clear indication that there is need for PF to improve on leadership,” Mumba said. “The second is at a time that UPND is struggling to deal with the cost of living, struggling to deal with the issues of the mines, but they comfortably win in Chililabombwe where KCM is still unsettled is another clear indication that the UPND has got its leadership act in the right direction. That’s why they are able to win an election in the midst of even a mealie meal crisis.”

Mumba said the PF needs to sort out the leadership mess, and not what he said the continued business as usual approach and arrogance among the leaders.

But he said bringing back Lungu was not the solution, as that would even be more disastrous.

“That will be disastrous, disastrous agenda for PF to have President Edgar Lungu come back. Times have changed. What PF needs is a new face of leadership, one that is devoid of the issues of corruption, thuggery and all those nasty things that made PF lose from its own agenda of looking after the poor, when we saw that leaders in PF amassed massive amounts of wealth to the extent that they were failing to explain where they got it from,” Mumba said. “So to me as MP for Kantanshi I am putting it on record that it will be a disastrous move by president Edgar Lungu … especially after that humiliating loss.”

Mumba said president Lungu is supposed to be assisting the former ruling party find a suitable leader devoid of the issues of “thuggery, corruption, theft and possible arrest of other possible activities that they were involved in. So that’s what Edgar Lungu needs to do.

He said he did not see the PF going anywhere and becoming relevant for checks and balances that would match the UPND in as far as governance was concerned.

16 COMMENTS

  1. Why are people afraid of Lungu kanshi.Look at Putin was a President then to vice President and again to President,if God says yes whose man to a disagree.

  2. Why are people afraid of Lungu kanshi.Look at Putin was a President then to vice President and again to President,if God says yes whose man to disagree.

  3. LET IT SINK IN
    1) “the party is dead because if you are going to have the poor results that we have been seeing in Lupososhi, which is the first constituency PF formed and won,
    2) “The second is at a time that UPND is struggling to deal with the cost of living, struggling to deal with the issues of the mines, but they comfortably win in Chililabombwe where KCM is still unsettled is another clear indication that the UPND has got its leadership act in the right direction. That’s why they are able to win an election in the midst of even a mealie meal crisis.”

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  4. It took a lot of time for people to accepted UPND. The party struggled mostly because of inhouse leadership wrangles after Mazoka’s death, which heavily impacted and unsettled HH for so long. PF needs a leader sooner than later.

    Most people feel Edgar has had his time. Unlike Trump who enjoys the thought of finishing his second term, ours has squandered his full terms. Let Lungu either go to sleep if he has nothing else to do or continue with his road run fitness stints instead of reviving his 3rd term bids. Leave the stage while spectators are still clapping and cheering for you.

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  5. How petty are we getting ?
    Surely if he meets all the requirements he can stand? after all its his personal rights
    Why are people even discussing this when there are so many more important issues !!
    HH needs a reshuffle !!! How mny times must we remind him ?

  6. Lungu has said time and again he has retired from politics after being given a hiding by zambians. The people saying he is coming or those that want him back are just trying to stir up controversy so that the poor chap can be insulted time and again. Let him rest in peace.

  7. I hate people peddling the narrative that Lungu is coming back. I will excuse Bowman Lusambo but admire his bootlicking loyalty even when Lungu is out of government. At least he is loyal even in defeat.
    Lungu is out, and out for good. Why people worry when he jogs, goes to the supermarkets and churches or meets clergy is beyond me.
    Even credible media like diggers published that Lungu is planning a come back simply because he met with two bishops.
    Lungu is tired from politics. Perhaps the PF should have their conference and elect new leaders.

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