STATEMENT BY GEORGE CHELLAH
His Excellency Mr Michael Chilufya Sata, President of the Republic of Zambia, says the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) must continue the fight against corruption, social injustice and inequality in order to promote social order and peace for the Zambian people.
And the Head of State has said political mobilization and consciousness must remain the cornerstone of the Patriotic Front.
Giving his view on the newly introduced PF training module for members, which is under the theme: The History and Development of the Patriotic Front 2001 – 2011, President Sata observed that the history of a political organization forms the bond of identity with its members and supporters at large.
“It is also the basis for its values, ideals and aspirations for posterity. The documentation of the Patriotic Front history covered in this training module and others is intended to show and encourage our members that they can continue to achieve in the future more than what they have achieved in the 10 years of existence of our organization,” President Sata said.
“It is our members’ concerted efforts, sacrifice, and unfailing faith and hard work which gave the Patriotic Front the strength to dislodge the MMD from power on 20TH September, 2011. Our members have proved that unity of purpose, discipline and hope in the future of our country and its people can lead to victory against all human odds. They saw hope where there was despair.”
The President said the PF’s electoral victory of 2011 should be considered as only the beginning of a long journey.
“The party must, therefore, continue the fight against corruption, social injustice and inequality in order to promote social order and peace for our people and the world. The transformation of our party from an opposition political party into that of the governing political authority of the country must not betray the aspirations of its members,” President Sata said.
“The party is the only vehicle for the improvement of the living standards of the Zambian people. It must, therefore, continue to be relevant to the people’s day to day life and welfare at all times. It must inspire and give them hope.”
The Head of State noted that political mobilization and consciousness must remain the cornerstone of the party.
“They constitute the engine for the survival of the organization now and in the future. However, political consciousness must be frequently renewed through continuous political education and participatory programmes by all members to enable them to respond to the dynamic challenges which confront the party. These challenges are cross-cutting from the section up to the Central Committee without exception,” the President said.
“I therefore, wish to appeal to the leadership of the party at all levels and our members in general to ensure their invaluable contribution through their active personal participation in all political education programmes whenever called upon to do so by those responsible for the conduct and promotion of these training module lectures. Remember the adage, that ‘knowledge is power’.”