Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba has declared his interest to contest for the Patriotic Front (PF) presidency and to represent it in the forthcoming presidential by-elections.
Speaking at a media briefing this morning, Mr. Mwamba pledged to build on the legacy of the late President Michael Sata by ensuring that the party carries on with efforts of uplifting the status of all Zambians.
Mr. Mwamba said the late President Sata’s legacy to uplift the living standards of the people especially the poor should be sustained.
And Mr. Mwamba has called for respect of divergent views and opinions as the PF directs its thoughts and efforts towards the selection of a new leader.
He has further advised the Patriotic Front members to respect Acting President Guy Scott by airing their concerns and suggestions in a sober, dignified and civil manner.
Meanwhile, Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda was this morning summoned by the PF members in his constituency to state his position regarding the party presidency.
The PF members wanted Mr. Lubinda to guide them on whether he will contest the seat or who to support in an event that he does not stand.
In his response, Mr. Lubinda said at the moment, the PF was in a tag of war regarding the adoption of a candidate.
He explained that he would want to be part of the solution to the prevailing challenge instead of him contributing to the existing different camps in the party.
He however stated that like any other person, he has a democratic right to stand for the presidency of the party.
Mr. Lubinda said he was not ready to file in his nominations at the moment until the central committee agrees on ground rules and if there was a level playing field to vie for the position.
Matero Member of Parliament, Miles Sampa and a former envoy, retired Captain Selemani Banda have also declared their intentions to succeed late President Michael Sata as PF president and eventually contest national presidential by-elections in less than 80 days.