President Michael Sata has said everyone is free to vie for the PF presidency and that endorsing him as the party’s sole candidate for the 2016 general elections would lead to dictatorship.
Addressing Cabinet ministers and members of his party’s central committee at State House yesterday, President Sata for the first time talked about his endorsement campaign that was launched by Minister of Defence Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba in Kasama several weeks ago.
The President said he was against his endorsement debate because the PF would not want Zambia to drift into dictatorship.
President Sata said he was not happy that Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba was being attacked and that there was no Cabinet minister or member of the central committee who had come to his defence as all senior members of the party had decided to remain silent over the matter.
‘They are attacking Kabimba and you are not replying,” President Sata said.
The President has finally come out and has directed that the endorsement debate that has been raging for several weeks should finally come to an end because by doing so, the country would be drifting to dictatorship.
The President said according to the English language, one would only be endorsed after his or her name had been proposed but since no one had proposed his name and that he was already in –charge, there was no need for the endorsement debate.
“How can you endorse me? In PF how can Mwamba (Defence Minister) endorse me as the sole candidate? The freedom of the PF is for everybody. If they want, they can come out and stand. Let all those willing to be the next president come out in the open. I am already here and I do not need to be endorsed,” President Sata said