PF Secretary General Edgar Lungu has reiterated that the party was not for sale to the highest bidder.
Meanwhile, acting president Guy Scott who received massive applause says his only role is to ensure peaceful transition and credible elections for new president.
Scott has said he learnt politics from President Sata and that his his job now is to ensure that in 80 days time Zambia has a new President, a new government and we have peace and prosperity. “I know what he wanted – we went round this country together. He wanted us to have prosperity and democracy. He wants us to remain united, you will get the President that you want.” “He had many white friends … not just me. He had Indian friends and he even had Chinese friends. He was too big for race… he was a big animal in the forest.’
Mulenga Sata impressed the crowd and also received ovation for his composure and serious way he delivered his speech without attempting to use the occasion for political gimmicks.
And a former republican vice-president says it was disrespectful for minister Emmanuel Chenda to have refered to late president Michael Sata as ‘Michael.’
The former vice-president made the remarks at the requiem mass for Sata a the Disaster, heroes Stadium as Chenda was reading a speech on behalf of government in which he repeatedly referred toi the late president as ‘Michael.’
The visibly shocked former veep asked:
“Why did they allow Fred Mmembe to write this speech?” It’s disrespectful to refer to the late President His Excellency Mr. Michael Sata and reduce him to Michae.’
Some people attending the service laughed at Chenda saying he was looking an editorial in the Post newspaper. The master of Ceremony Col Reverend Matifeyo asked Chenda to reduce the lengthy of his speech.
And PF Edgar Lungu, the only one who politicised the mass said the PF is not for sale to the highest bidder.
In an apparent reference to his competitors such as former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) and Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili and others whom he has accused of bribing delegates, Lungu said there was need to continue with the vision of late president Sata under the selfless leadership.
Lungu, who even played to people’s emotions by pretending to breakdown towards the end of the speech, said Sata was his mentor.
Apparently, Sata’s son Mulenga Sata who is also Lusaka Mayor demonstrated true leadership by remaining composed throughout his speech despite losing his father.
Lungu who was clearly playing to the gallery of hired cheering cadres seized the opportunity to launch his bid as PF presidential candidate by playing the pro-poor game.
The burial of Sata opens up the succession struggle within PF
Meanwhile acting President Guy Scott said his job was to manage the succession race and the Zambian people will choose the next president.
Dr Scott who was given a standing ovation remained composed through out his speech in which he eulogised Sata as a non racial and non tribal leader who taught him politics
Zimbabwean president Robbert Mugabe who also spoke took the opportunity to again attack the colonial imperialists who was corrupting Africans in Zimbabwe and other countries.
Mugabe, who is the only president to have visited Mr. Sata as a sitting president, said Zambia and Zimbabwe were siamese twins.
Other leaders that came included Kenya’s Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy South Africa president Cyrila Ramaphosa among others.
Opposition leaders Hakainde Hichilema of the UPND and MMD’s Nevers Mumba were also present.
Former presidents Kenneth Kaunda and Rupiah Banda were also among the invited guests.