Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

21 February 2013

Zambia: Sata Asks PF Members to Resist Corruption

President Michael Sata has asked PF members to be united in the fight against corruption, social injustice and inequality.

Sata, in a statement released by his special assistant for press and public relations George Chellah to the newly-introduced PF "training module for members," said the history of a political organisation forms the bond of identity with its members and supporters at large.

"It is also the basis for its values, ideals and aspirations for posterity. The documentation of the Patriotic Front history covered in this training module and others is intended to show and encourage our members that they can continue to achieve, in the future, more than what they have achieved in the 10 years of existence of our organisation," said President.

The statement comes as the government has come under renewed criticism from its opponents following the hasty dismissal of cases against Minister of Justice Wynter Kabimba and Minister of Defence Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba by the Anti-Corruption Commission.

"It is our members' concerted efforts, sacrifice, and unfailing faith and hard work which gave the Patriotic Front the strength to dislodge the MMD from power on 20th September 2011. Our members have proved that unity of purpose, discipline and hope in the future of our country and its people can lead to victory against all human odds. They saw hope where there was despair."

"The party must, therefore, continue the fight against corruption, social injustice and inequality in order to promote social order and peace for our people and the world. The transformation of our party from an opposition political party into that of the governing political authority of the country must not betray the aspirations of its members," he said.

"The party is the only vehicle for the improvement of the living standards of the Zambian people. It must, therefore, continue to be relevant to the people's day-to-day life and welfare at all times. It must inspire and give them hope."

He said political mobilisation and consciousness should remain the cornerstone of the ruling party.

"They constitute the engine for the survival of the organisation now and in the future. However, political consciousness must be frequently renewed through continuous political education and participatory programmes by all members to enable them to respond to the dynamic challenges which confront the party. These challenges are cross-cutting from the section up to the Central Committee without exception. I therefore, wish to appeal to the leadership of the party at all levels and our members in general to ensure their invaluable contribution through their active personal participation in all political education programmes whenever called upon to do so by those responsible for the conduct and promotion of these training module lectures. Remember the adage, that 'knowledge is power," President Sata said.

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