Patriotic Front Kasama Central Member of Parliament Geoffrey Mwamba has officially announced his candidature for the PF presidency pledging to build on late President Michael Sata’s legacy once elected republican President.
And Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda has declared his interest to contest for the PF presidency
Mr. Mwamba who announced his candidature during a media briefing this morning says he will build on President Sata’s legacy by ensuring that the ruling PF carries the endeavor of uplifting the lives of the Zambian people.
Mr. Mwamba has stated that he will ensure that this endeavor is achieved by investing in the people especially the poor as the productive and creative core of the country’s economy.
Mr. Mwamba has also advised that as the ruling party directs its thoughts and efforts towards selecting its leader and presidential candidate, members of the ruling PF should remember that they are all on the same side.
He says party members should therefore maintain respect for each other and move forward into the next phase of developing the nation in unity and peace.
And Mr. Mwamba, who also maintained his position that the ruling party’s presidential candidate be selected through the general conference has also disclosed that he draws his confidence of becoming the party and the country’s president from his popularity within the party and from the general public.
He says should he lose the election at the convention, he will support whichever candidate will emerge victorious because such a candidate would have been chosen by the grassroots of the party.
Mr. Mwamba has also allayed concerns that the ruling party may not have money to hold a general conference.
He says the party has enough friends to fund the general conference.
Mr. Mwamba points out that already the acting Republican President and PF president Dr Guy Scott is sourcing for these funds and will soon announce when the budget for convention has been met.
And Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda says his final decision whether to proceed and contest for the PF presidency will be dependent on whether the playing field will be leveled.
Mr Lubinda says he does not want to be part of the problem to the current wrangles in the party but the solution.