ST Ignatius parish priest Charles Chilinda yesterday held a closed- door meeting with Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu in a bid to mediate reconciliation with presidential hopeful Miles Sampa.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Harry Kalaba, who attended the meeting, which lasted for an hour, told journalists yesterday that the PF wants peace to continue prevailing despite differences of opinion.
“This was a consultative meeting aimed at finding ways of reconciliation within our party. We came to seek the wisdom of the church,” Mr Kalaba said
He reiterated that there are no factions in PF but that the recent happenings are merely differences in opinion.
“At the end of the day, we are all Zambians and we have a responsibility to guard the peace we have. We only have one PF. There are no factions,” Mr Kalaba said.
Sources say that Mr Sampa also visited Fr Chilinda on Wednesday night to seek arbitration in reconciling members in the party.
“The whole idea of these meetings is that we bring these two groups together for the sake of unity and peace in the nation,” the source said
Meanwhile, PF national chairperson Inonge Wina has called for reconciliation in the ruling party if it is to win the January 20 presidential election.
Ms Wina has also refuted claims that she allegedly favoured Mr Lungu during last week’s PF general conference at Mulungushi Rock of Authority in Kabwe.
Ms Wina said the reconciliation process is in progress.
“It is important to unite as a family if we are to win the January 20 election,” she said
Ms Wina said this yesterday when she addressed journalists at Parliament buildings.
And Ms Wina said she did not favour Mr Lungu but that she had a duty to perform in the interest of the 3,000 delegates who had converged on Mulungushi Rock of Authority.
“I only decided to become partisan in favour of the more than 3,000 delegates who were subjected to harsh conditions such as poor water supply and sanitation,” she said