Pact, nation can’t be led by an under-five, says Sata

OPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) leader Micheal Sata has said the Pact and the nation cannot be led by an ‘under five’ or immature leaders who lack experience and financial discipline.

And Sata has said the Memorandum of Understanding between PF and UPND, as the name implied, was not a statute and that if UPND were not comfortable with it, they were free to get out of it.

In an interview with Voice of America on Tuesday evening, Sata charged that neither the Pact nor the nation could be led by an under five or inexperienced leader.

He was reacting to UPND youths on the Copperbelt led by their national coordinator Joe Kalusa who said that UPND would not allow him to lead the Pact as he was too tired and old.

“The whole point is experience in your field. In anybody’s field, experience is more important. For example, the UPND was headed by an experienced manager the late Anderson Mazoka, they had 49 seats in Parliament. They don’t have 49 seats in Parliament now. So there is nothing that can replace experience,” Sata said.

“If you look at all the great leaders of the world, they are not ‘under-fives’. They were matured people and matured people are not diverted by having seven mobile phones or seven cell phones they have seen, and when they speak, they know what they are talking about.”

Sata was responding to a question on UPND having signed for a Pact with PF but were now questioning his credibility and ability to lead the Pact ahead of elections next year.

“I don’t see a problem at all. The problem which they have, you know Zambia is suffering from high unemployment and the worry of people like Joe Kalusa is that if the president comes from a member of the Pact, let’s say if PF produces a president, most of the jobs will go to PF people.

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