ACTING President Guy Scott has finally reconciled with Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu, bringing to an end the succession wrangles that created deep divisions in the ruling party and threatened the peace and governance of the country.
Dr Scott has since pledged to join Mr Lungu’s campaign trail which he had been avoiding since the PF elected the Defence and Justice minister as its president and candidate for the January presidential election.
Dr Scott has however threatened that he would revoke his reconciliation with Mr Lungu and resign if the ruling party was going to engage in any form of electoral corruption and violence.
He said the confusion and differences that had rocked the party since the death of President Michael Sata should come to an end if the PF had to win the presidential election next month.
“The confusion in our party have been haunting us and so the so-called Lungu faction and the Sampa (Miles) met under the mediation of Father Charles Chilinda and Bishop Joshua Banda and agreed to bury the hatchet…differences. We are going forward as we have an election which we must win to keep our position in Government,” Dr Scott said.
Last week, 15 Cabinet ministers revolted against Dr Scott by passing a vote of no confidence against him after he authored a letter directing Acting Chief Justice Lombe Chibesakunda and Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to reject Mr Lungu’s nomination papers.
Mr Lungu said the PF would from now onwards move as a united party and that Dr Scott would be the main campaign speaker in the rallies beginning in Kabwe today and other places.
Mr Lungu said there was no winner or loser in their reconciliation adding that the party and its members were worried about the differences.He said although the party had reconciled, the wounds would take long to heal but advised the general membership to embrace each other adding that let the by-gones be by-gones.
“There is no loser or victor in this. We have reconciled but the healing process may take long. Dr Scott remains a member of the party. We have to tag in the same direction and the Acting President will be the main speaker tomorrow in Kabwe,” Mr Lungu said.
where we are launching our campaigns for the Central Province,” Mr Lungu said.