The Family of the late President, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata have expressed deep concern over the continued abuse of Sata by members associated to the family and are contesting the position of PF.
In today’s Post, a distant relative, Emma Chibesakunda has claimed that the PF will not win, if former First Lady, Dr. Christine Kaseba is not allowed to lead the party.
And here is a local classic
In a statement issued at the graveside at Embassy Park this morning, close family members Sylvia Chalikosa, Monty Tembo, Mwamba Chalikosa, Katema Mutale, Susan Sata-Ngwengwe, Fabiola Sata-Liu, Yvette Sata, Yvone Sata, Mwango Sata, Mpanga Sata, Mwango Chalikosa, Hildah Sata, Noble Sata, Rachel Banda, Sylvia Banda, and Mwango Mwape, demanded that the family is divided.
The family also requested that those claiming to help the PF and the Nation to unite, should devote their energies to bringing unity in the family first, before offering it to the party and the nation.
The family has also stated that they will not support any candidate until the PF picks a presidential candidate.
Below is the full statement.
STATEMENT BY THE SATA FAMILY ISSUED AT EMBASSY PARK, ON 22ND NOVEMBER 2014
We are appalled by on-going abuse of President Sata’s name arising from the current disunity in the family as evidenced by the involvement of so many of our family members in the succession activities to replace our beloved father, grandfather, uncle and brother.
It should be noted that none of the family members involved in the race consulted us.
We wish to express our disappointment that our family has shown disunity when we needed to support each other.
It is not our wish that we wash dirty linen in public. The apparent disunity in the family needs to be resolved.
It is for this reason that all the efforts of well-meaning family members should have devoted their time, energies and wisdom to the unity of the family before considering to bring together the PF Party and the nation.
This is because; united families are the building blocks of a united nation.
We wish to state that the family has not supported any candidate so far and will rely upon the PF to so.
We wish to state that, it is regrettable that some members of our larger extended family have spoken purporting to speak for the Sata family. Our advice is that those engaged in these activities should stop.
During this difficult time, we wish to stay away from the succession and political wrangles.
The family has pledged to support whichever candidate the Party will pick.
We would like to urge the public to support us by giving us adequate space to grieve and come to terms with such a devastating loss.
President Sata was a devoted family man, who took family issues as paramount above everything else. We urge others to emulate this virtue and hope that the unity in the family will be quickly cemented.
Sylvia Chalikosa, Monty Tembo, Mwamba Chalikosa, Katema Mutale, Susan Sata-Ngwengwe, Fabiola Sata-Liu, Yvette Sata, Yvone Sata, Mwango Sata, Mpanga Sata, Mwango Chalikosa, Hildah Sata, Noble Sata, Rachel Banda, Sylvia Banda, and Mwango Mwape