With Sata dead, Rupiah take over PF

With Sata dead, Rupiah take over PF

Former president Rupiah Banda has ordered president Edgar Lungu to slowly ignore the PF but completely ride on the MMD-Nevers Mumba faction in a move that will merge the two parties together.
And the two political parties (MMD and PF) that are being closely supervised by Rupiah Banda have resolved to frustrate and already expelled only the MMD MPs who rejected to work with the PF but instead supported the fellow opposition UPND in the just ended elections.
According to the talks currently going on, Nevers Mumba will reconcile with Rupiah Banda and maybe considered for some key position in Lungu’s government at some stage as part of the amalgamation of formerly late President Michael Sata’s PF party that has now been taken over by Rupiah Banda.
As Lungu will be appointing his bloated government at cabinet, Permanent Secretary, diplomatic, District Commissioners and other levels, he has been told to get more of the MMD people.
Among those earmarked for appointments as ministers are Chipata Central MP Mtolo Phiri, Chipangali MP Vincent Mwale, Mwandi MP Micheal Kaingu, and others.
A number of PF District Commissioners appointed by Michael Sata will also lose their jobs by accusing them of working with the opposition UPND or newly formed Rainbow Party as the case is on the Copperbelt.
Both the Daily Nation and government owned Zambia Daily Mail newspaper have confirmed the developments in their lead stories today.
For ten years, late president Michael Sata battled with the MMD until he defeated Banda in 2011, but barely a days in his grave, his PF party has already been swallowed by the MMD, the very party he fought against.
In an interview with the Daily Mail, PF secretary-general Davies Chama said President Lungu and MMD leader Nevers Mumba have been meeting to discuss how the two parties can build a partnership in the run-up to the 2016 presidential, parliamentary and local government elections.
“We are yet to discuss and agree on how it can be a marriage because we do not want an alliance. We want to engage in a more detailed discussion,” Mr Chama told the Daily Mail.
He said President Lungu has also met MMD provincial party leaders from Eastern Province.
Mr Chama said the PF and MMD want a collaboration that will last longer than an alliance and promote unity, development and peace.
“We do not believe in permanent enemies. We have differed and so we should put our differences behind,” he said.
Mr Chama, however, said that the PF will not work with MMD members of Parliament (MPs) who worked with the United Party for National Development (UPND) during the just-ended presidential election, adding that they are not part of the agreement being proposed by the two political parties.
He said the PF believes in dialogue as a way of resolving challenges Zambia is facing.
Nevers Mumba confirmed yesterday that he met President Lungu and discussed many issues.
He said discussions between the PF and MMD are ongoing.
“I just came back from abroad, and am yet to meet my national secretary so that he can brief me on what has been discussed.
“I will be able to give you more details concerning the discussions between PF and MMD later,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chama says the PF will consult with the MMD on fielding one candidate for the nullified election result of the Masaiti Parliamentary election. The seat was held by the MMD’s Michael Katambo.
“We will discuss with our colleagues the MMD. They supported us and we appreciate. We will support them also,” he said.lungu

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