Sata’s health not ok and is too old to continue in 2016 – Chipimo

Sata’s health not ok and is too old to continue in 2016 – Chipimo

We are deeply troubled and concerned by the violence that has engulfed the PF following the jostling for power by factions within its ranks. The main concern centres on the effect that such public confrontations by members of the ruling Party create unnecessary tension and a climate of intimidation for peace-loving Zambians. It was clear from last weekend’s events in which public and private property was damaged, that the police appear more powerless than ever to arrest the lawlessness that was perpetrated by people acting in the name of PF. In true Animal Farm style, the cadres marching on behalf of their Party are allowed to demonstrate without permits and ransack public and private property while any members of the Opposition that seek to hold even private meetings are subjected to harassment and intimidation by PF cohorts with no assistance from the lawfully established authorities.
In order to preserve their status quo, certain factions within PF are now calling for the adoption of President Michael Sata as their 2016 candidate. Such calls are not only unpatriotic, they are insensitive and irresponsible. It is clear that President Sata’s health is not at its best. This combined with his age and the pressure of high office makes it completely shocking that those within his own Party would want him to continue to preside over the complex affairs of a nation such as ours when clearly the task at hand requires a much more energetic set of hands to take over. Leading Zambia is not a 3-day a week, mornings-only, daily medical check-ups type of job. It requires 24 hour vigilance, energetic thinking and determination. If the PF really care for Mr. Sata’s health, they will desist from pretending it is in Zambia’s best interest for him to campaign again for the presidency in 2016 and perhaps accept that it is their own self-serving purposes that they are promoting his candidature.
Elias Chipimo
President
National Restoration Party
03rd September 2013

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