Allow Sata to complete mandate, says Edgar

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Edgar Lungu says ruling party members jostling for leadership in a brutal fashion should wait until President Sata completes his mandate.

Mr Lungu who is also Defence Minister as well as Minister of Justice said instead of some PF members starting to jostle for power, they should wait until they were recognized by party structures for succession.

The minister was speaking when he featured on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC)’s Sunday Interview programme.

He said President Sata had a vision when he formed the PF with his friends, and that many other members joined PF afterwards.

The minister said he believes that President Sata formed PF so that it could outlive him and not to die with him.

“Why not allow him [President] to finish his tour of duty and probably retire, and learn from him in the meantime so that the same vision he carries is pursued further?

“Why should we be imagining that he is out of office today? For me those who imagine that they want to be president, now or in future should wait until they are recognized as potential candidates for the eventual succession when the time comes,” Mr Lungu said.

He said the same people who are suspected of jostling for power when they were confronted had denied it although their conduct suggested that there was some truth in that matter.

Mr Lungu said there was no need for some PF members to start jostling for power when there was no vacancy at the helm of the ruling party.

“There is no vacancy at the helm of PF or government for them to begin to imagine there was going to be a successor and begin preparing or positioning themselves. That is sad, that is a waste of time, and that indecency,” he said.