PF wrangles can’t be resolved, says Saunders

The wrangles in the Patriotic Front will never end because its leaders allowed them in the first place, says political activist Dante Saunders.

Mr Saunders charged that the infighting in the ruling PF was motivated by instincts for survival because most of the leaders were not appointed on merit.

He said the first time the PF came into power in 2011, it was clear that the people who were appointed to work with President Sata would destroy his legacy.

“I cautioned the late President Sata few weeks after he unveiled the lineup of his ministers that there will be trouble considering that the majority of them are appointed based on tribal lines, which was not a good idea,” he said.

Mr Saunders cautioned the next President to avoid appointing officials on tribe and not on merit.

He said it was for this reason infighting in the PF was endless, adding that the only few people who meant well for Zambia had no time for a power struggle.

The levels at which the PF differences had reached could only be stopped by the leaders themselves and no one esle.

Mr Saunders said the PF was not for the Sata family alone.

“Mr Sata (may his soul rest in peace) was the one who was popular and because of the relationships he had with his people. No one can run PF the way he did,” Mr Saunders said.

He alleged that there was nepotism and huge family tree under the PF leadership, and that was a reason why conflicts would not end.

Mr Saunders reiterated that the PF would not find it easy to choose leaders because it appeared that the majority of the members in the ruling party were eyeng the presidency

“There is a crisis in the PF and this has been caused by themselves and no one can be blamed for it, and these are some of the things we expect them to put in order, if they are to honour President Sata,” he said.

Mr Saunders said it was up to the PF to follow what they wanted, but that they should adhere to what the party required of them.

He said that the intra-party differences which the PF was creating were also affecting the nation and that was the reason why the situation had become the source of worry.