President Edgar Lungu is having second thoughts on contesting the Presidency in 2021, minister of health Chitalu Chilufya is telling his confidants.
According to minister Chilufya, president Lungu will instead back him, Chitalu Chilufya as PF Presidential candidate. Minister Chilufya has been telling some chiefs that Lungu has finally realised that he can’t win 2021 so he is looking at a more popular candidate.
Minister Chitalu says President Lungu has since launched a consultative process to consult among others Bemba Chiefs and Chiefs from Eastern Province.
It is stated that President has already consulted former Republican President Rupiah Banda.
President Lungu two weeks ago met former President Rupiah Banda to confirm reports that Mr. Banda wanted to run for 2021 elections.
When Banda denied the reports, President Edgar Lungu told Mr. Rupiah Banda that he was thinking twice on running for the Presidency again.
The source said President Lungu then told the former President that he had shortlisted two people to take over from him.
The two are Health Minister Chitalu Chilufya and Finance Minister Bwalya Ngandu.
Chitalu Chilufya is now looking at infrastructure minister Vincent Mwale as his running mate (both are from MMD).
The adoption of Chilufya as presidential candidate will however infuriate tourism minister Ronald Chitotela who also believes that he should be the heir.
Chitalu Chilufya and Chitotela are not on speaking terms unless when it’s absolute necessary during cabinet meetings.