Lungu warns presidential hopefuls

SOME Patriotic Front (PF) members with presidential ambitions are allegedly engaged in corruption and bribery to give them an edge to succeed late President Michael Sata, ruling party’s secretary general Edgar Lungu has revealed. 

He said it was regrettable that the PF had received reports that certain candidates were causing confusion by engaging themselves in corruption and bribery.

He warned that the leadership of the Patriotic Front would not take kindly to contenders that were engaged in acts that were alien to the principles of the party.

“We wish to inform our members that the Central Committee will meet to discuss matters relating to the selection or election of the party president and presidential candidate that will represent the party in the upcoming by-election,” he said.

Mr Lungu said the Central Committee was empowered to set its own rules, or vary any clause in the constitution as provided for in Article 58 (l) and (m).

He said historically the PF had participated in four general elections, of which only one election was preceded by a general conference.

Mr Lungu said the Central Committee should be allowed to consider such matters independently by recognizing the concerns regarding time, resources, security, peace and unity of the party and nation.

He said PF would hold its first Central Committee meeting on Thursday, November, 13 2014.

Mr Lungu said after the Central Committee meeting the party would remain with 73 days before the 90 days within which to hold the Presidential by-election expired.

“It should be noted that the upcoming election cannot be held any later,” he said.

And Mr Lungu has thanked Zambians that turned up at Mulungushi International Conference Centre to view the body of President Michael Sata.

“The party wishes to recognise the public show of sympathy and mourning that has also been seen across the country,” he said.

Mr Lungu said Zambians have demonstrated that President Michael Sata was committed to serve the people and that his life was devoted to uplifting the standards of living of the people.

He said it was therefore imperative that the spirit to mourn President Sata in peace and dignity must continue until the nation concluded the mourning period tomorrow.

Mr Lungu said PF would always carry the vision and memories of President Sata and would ensure that his legacy was preserved.

He urged PF members to refrain from actions that would dishonour the legacy of President Sata and reject activities that would tarnish the image and standing of the party and the nation at large.