Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General Edgar Lungu insists that the Central Committee Meeting will proceed as scheduled despite the instructions from the party Acting President Guy Scott.
In a letter written to the Acting President and copied to all members of the Central Committee obtained by QFM News, Mr. Lungu says it is imperative that the Central Committee is convened immediately to resolve all outstanding issues.
Mr. Lungu says Dr. Scott should note that his unilateral directives to cancel the legally constituted meeting are null and void as those directives are outside the Constitution.
Mr. Lungu explains that the Secretary General is the Chief Administrative Officer of the party and is the one mandated by the PF Constitution to convene meetings.
He furthermore explains that the Secretary General is also the secretary to the Central Committee, National Council and General Conference as enshrined in Article 56 of the party constitution.
Mr. Lungu, who is also Defense and Justice Minister, says Dr. Scott as a member of the Patriotic Front, is expected to operate within the provisions of the PF Constitution.
He stresses that under the current circumstances; the PF has neither the luxury of time nor the resources to engage in wasteful discourse, such as Dr. Scott’s letter demonstrates.
He insists that the Central Committee Meeting will proceed as scheduled and as announced.
The PF Secretary General has since urged Dr. Scott to desist from operating outside the provisions of the Constitution, as the PF and Zambia have long established democratic credentials and practices.