5 January 2014

Zambia: Ruling Party MPs Consider Resigning

Some Patriotic Front (PF) Members of Parliament have said they cannot wait to resign from the once popular ruling party that has now been rocked with leadership wrangles, intra-party divisions and corruption.

The Members of Parliament (MPs) said in an exclusive interview in Lusaka that the PF had lost direction and the proverbial ship would soon hit an iceberg like the famous Titanic.

One of the MPs said the PF had lost its vision because the leadership had put its focus on keeping its hold on power.

The MP said many of his fellow MPs were very disappointed with the happenings in the ruling party because President Michael Sata had opted to sideline some of the people that helped him ascend to power.

He said Mr Sata did not want to meet some of the MPs he thought had divergent views and were plotting to cause in the party.

The MP said many Members of Parliament were not happy with Mr Sata's changed leadership style. He said Mr Sata had become so dictatorial in his approach to his MPs and ministers.

"Some of us have not met the president for a long time now despite the fact that we were so close during the last 10 years in the opposition. We only see him on television, although we know there are people from outside government who are always talking to him and seeing him there at State House. What is happening is not pleasing. We are itching to leave the PF and there are many of us who feel the party has just lost it. Many MPs seem to be quiet now because they are very vulnerable to abuse by many organs of the party, including the president. An appropriate time will come and it is very soon that you shall see the real state of confusion in the party and this is when we shall jump out of the sinking ship," the MP who sought anonymity said.

Another PF MP said people supporting wrongs that are happening in the ruling party had no passion for serving the people of Zambia, but had personal reasons to benefit from the public offices.

He said there were very few genuine leaders in the PF and this was the reason why the party had failed to deliver any of its campaign promises.

The MP said Mr Sata was no longer interested in fulfilling his campaign promises because he was surrounded by people who only wanted to eat and enrich themselves.

"The biggest problem we have in the PF is that we have the president who has been surrounded by people and relatives who want to eat. These people have caused so much confusion and it is difficult for the president to serve the people. We have people who are only preoccupied with getting positions in public offices, getting contracts and such personal aggrandisement," he said.

And the MP said President Sata must handle the resignation of Kasama Central MP Geoffrey Mwamba from government. He said no form of political machination would succeed in manipulating the people of Kasama into believing that the PF was still a party to trust after the humiliation of Geoffrey Mwamba.

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