It looks like the growing popularity of acting president Edgar Lungu is not settling well among some PF leaders and the cartel led by Fred M’membe.
While Lungu is receiving accolades and admiration from the public for the sober manner he is handling the presidency in the absence of Michael Sata, Fred M’membe is gathering arsenals to attack and will use anything including people he despises like Chishimba Kambwili.
In today’s edition of the Post Newspaper, M’membe writes that acting president Edgar Lungu yesterday angered sports minister Chishimba Kambwili after he skipped greeting him and other Cabinet ministers during the golden jubilee laying of wreaths at the Freedom Statue in Lusaka.
Upon arrival at the Freedom Statue, Lungu greeted former presidents Dr Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda and diplomats, but did not proceed to shake hands with Kambwili, other ministers and opposition leaders.
Lungu instead went back to the podium to view a march past by the defence forces.
This angered Kambwili, who described Lungu’s protocol gaffe as nonsense.
Kambwili, who was with energy minister Christopher Yaluma, transport minister Yamfwa Mukanga, RDA board chairman Willie Nsanda and information minister Dr Joseph Katema, was infuriated by Lungu’s omission.
“I have never seen this kind of nonsense. This is nonsense. Are we here to waste time?” asked Kambwili, who kept shaking his head in disapproval.
On Thursday, M’membe said Edgar Lungu is corrupt and today called him ‘nothing.’
In Thursday’s edition, M’membe wrote in his editorial that:
‘The current chief executive of the Patriotic Front, Edgar Lungu, cannot be expected to champion the fight against corruption. Lungu may even have difficulties mentioning the word corruption. We say this because Lungu is in a very weak position when it comes to the issue of corruption. He was stopped from practicing law as a result of dishonesty with clients’ money. And nothing works without honesty.’
‘It is difficult to understand how the Patriotic Front, a party that strongly committed itself to fighting corruption, can find itself being led by an individual who is not in a position to fight corruption because of his own compromised position on the issue.
If a person can abuse his clients’ money, what can one expect from such a person when it comes to public funds, or even party funds?
And today, Saturday, M’membe spoke of the acting president as follows:
‘The Patriotic Front is a political party where everyone, including very high-ranking party officials, openly proclaim themselves to be nothing. How can one be a top leader of a ruling political party, its secretary general, and declare himself to be nothing and expect to be respected by the people as a leader? All power in the Patriotic Front has to be seen to be flowing from one and only one direction – the direction of the party president. Apart from the party president, everyone else is nothing. And to be safe, to survive, one has to continually declare himself to be nothing. But we all know that nothing is nothing and nothing comes from nothing. What can come out of a party that is led by nothings? And how can nothings be expected to lead us to something? We all know that nothing plus nothing amounts to nothing.’