–Lubansenshi Constituency independent Member of Parliament, Patrick Mucheleka, eyes for presidency in the 2016 and 2021 presidential and general elections.
Mr Mucheleka said he would not want to resign and join the ruling Patriotic Front as demanded by his electorates, saying he was given a five-year term to bring development in Lubansenshi Constituency of which he has started doing.
“Mark my words. I will be president of Zambia come 2021,” he declared.
Mr Mucheleka said the PF has finished itself by removing subsidies which people in Lusaka and Copperbelt have condemned and rejected.
“Several times President Michael Sata has called me to state house for me to resign but I have refused his proposal. I have been refusing, saying that I do not want to join the party which was almost collapsing,” he boasted.
The Lubansenshi MP said ministers in Lusaka and Copperbelt provinces are failing to mobilize even a small meeting because people are not happy with what is happening in the government.
“Mealie meal has gone up, fuel and transport gone up and I would not want to be part of PF cadres or government mismanaging the national resources,” he said.
Mr Mucheleka said he will start mobilizing resources to ensure that he runs for presidency in 2016 or 2021.
“I can assure you PF is going nowhere. It is us who campaigned for the down fall of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD),” he revealed, adding that they (Mucheleka and others) will use the same weapon used on the MMD in 2011 to butcher the PF government and remove it from power.
Mr Mucheleka lamented that President Sata was now picking people from opposition to assume appointments instead of the cadres who laboured for the PF since 2001.
He said because of this behaviour, many of the people have decided to withdraw their support for Mr Sata and his government.
Mr Mucheleka observed that the people who insulted him during the run up for 2011 election are the ones enjoying the sweat of those who laboured, financed and risked their lives for the Patriotic Front.
He said many of the people who campaigned for the ruling PF have ditched and are asking him to stand for Presidency in 2016 and 2021.
Mr Mucheleka is in Luwingu to witness the hand over site to the contractor working on the Chepeshi – Shimumbu roadwhich is funded by the Ministry of Local Government and Housing.
Meanwhile, senior chief Shimumbi and chief Chipalo have rejected the calls by Mucheleka to contest for Presidency in 2016 and 2021, saying he had no capacity to rule the country.
The chiefs said Mucheleka was childish and has since failed to organise his constituency, adding the developmental projects he came to witness were by the PF government and not himself.