By STEVEN ZANDE –
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Mwila has challenged former Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba to defend himself against allegations of nepotism while serving in Government.
Mr Mwila said Mr Kalaba should clear himself of allegations that he sent his relations into foreign service.
He said the PF would not hound the Bahati lawmaker out of the party but that his political career would diminish on its own.
He said people who championed equity should do so with a clear motive, stating that politicians who practised nepotism were corrupt even if they had concealed their deeds.
Mr Mwila also challenged the opposition to stop being ‘cry babies’ who are always complaining and accept that they don’t stand a chance of winning the 2021 election.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwila launched the 2018 party mobilisation programme for Muchinga Province and clarified that the party was not conducting election campaigns, but was mobilising structures for effective programming by equipping members with tools like bicycles for improved mobility.
He said it was a matter of concern that there was bitterness and pettiness in the conduct of the opposition, and that this required members of Parliament to consider the motion that would limit the number of times an individual could stand as a presidential candidate.
“Some of these opposition party leaders have reached an expiry date and are now toxic. Their insatiable appetite for power, the bitterness and deceit should get Zambians concerned.
“Clearly, intra-party democracy is under siege when some individuals become permanent features of the ballot paper,” Mr Mwila said.
He said this when he addressed district party structures at Chinsali Girls Secondary School in Chinsali District.
This is contained in a statement issued at the weekend by PF Media Director Sunday Chanda.
Mr Mwila said a named opposition leader had tried several times, but had failed to win the presidency hence the need for this leader to accept that leadership at any level was granted by God.
He directed the Muchinga PF structures to be disciplined, recruit more members and embrace new people to help grow the party.