MP Tutwa continues rubbishing his party PF

MP Tutwa continues rubbishing his party PF

KABWE Central PF member of parliament Tutwa Ngulube has cautioned the ruling party against underrating opposition political parties like the NDC ahead of the 2021 general elections because “we don’t want the people of the PF to be in a rude shock”.
And Ngulube says the PF government must not now “speak in tongues” when it comes to fulfilling promises the party made during campaigns in 2016.
Ngulube, who was the guest on Prime TV’s Oxygen of Democracy programme last night, emphasised that it was a fact that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other political parties were busy mobilising and recruiting members.
“They are fishing from the same pond that the PF has actually put its fish. We must not run away from the fact that all these members that we are losing are not walking alone. This is politics! Every member…We like crying loud ‘he is not a factor, even Tutwa Ngulube is not a factor.’ Whoever leaves is not a factor,” Ngulube said.
“You see, what I want to say is that the PF is the father of this country and the way we govern our affairs should be a little bit different from the way probably the UPND is doing it because UPND is not yet in power. But if you analyse the [2016] election results, UPND has about 35 per cent of members of parliament, the PF has about 54 per cent, we have independents and [others from] smaller parties. That is as at 2016; if you look at the percentages between the President and HH, the percentage difference is plus or minus four per cent. We are going into an election where people are…We are going towards 2021; a group of people running in one direction, others just turning around. When we get to 2021, there may be no people behind you. You check behind [and ask] where have the people gone? So, we don’t want the people of the PF to be in a rude shock.”
He added that the PF ought to be wary of political parties like the NDC.
“The NDC is forming structures on the ground every day. You see, there was a funeral in Kabwe recently; we were burying one person believed to be an NDC member died and I was shocked to hear there were NDC members. People I know as PF when they said ‘NDC district committee’ PF members, whom we know as PF, went to lay wreaths as district officials of the NDC. What we are saying is that let’s not underrate them,” Ngulube noted.
He maintained that “those of us” who love the party would speak the truth regardless of the consequences.
“We’ll speak the truth even if people say ‘you are bitter.’ Yes, let me look bitter but if I’m saying ‘can we begin to harness the energies that we have’…[In] 2021 we’ll have the 50 + 1 [and] if, hypothetically speaking, NDC will manage to just get three or four per cent, it means we’ll go into a re-run. Then the President and HH and whoever will come out number three would have distorted the race,” Ngulube explained.
“So, when the PF is being reminded that look, we need to create jobs…Not just saying ‘we’ll have one million jobs,’ let’s begin to create those jobs. When we say ‘we’ll re-open Mulungushi Textiles, we must begin to re-open Mulungushi Textiles [and] when we say we’ll do this and that, we should do so. We should not be speaking in tongues; the President is saying this, the mayor is saying that, the MP is saying this [and] the provincial minister is saying that.”
Meanwhile, Ngulube observed that the other “enemy” that the PF had within was the MMD factor.
“If people don’t want to talk about it, me I’ll talk about it at the risk of being slapped. MMD, we believe, is in partnership with the PF – we are in government together. There are three now; RB’s MMD, Nevers Mumba’s MMD and Mutati’s MMD. We can say there are two factions but what I want to tell you is that national secretary of MMD, Nakacinda, has been on air mobilising his party. He was on Joy FM, last Saturday or the other Saturday; I listened to the whole programme and he declared that MMD will a have [presidential] candidate in 2021. I heard him castigating the PF. So, if we are governing together with the MMD, why is the national secretary Mr Nakacinda telling the people that without the MMD in 2015, Edgar Lungu would not have gone to State House? Why are they making such statements?” wondered Ngulube.
“I was in Kapiri and I was wondering; why has the MMD distributed smart phones to their party structures? They have given them smart phones and I’m told, from one of the people that attended that meeting, that they gave everyone who attended the meeting K850. So, now the question is are we being treacherous? Shouldn’t the President know that the people we are saying are with us are out there mobilising? The solution is [that] the MMD must come out clean!”

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