After endless speculations, former President Edgar Lungu has announced his come back to politics vowing, “I will not allow factions in the party”.
Lungu ruled the country through the Patriotic Front (PF) for seven years after taking over from late PF founder, Michael Sata, whose ninth memorial was on Saturday.
Putting matters to rest, Lungu announced at the Memorial Park in Lusaka that he was returning back to politics and that those promoting factionalism should watch out.
“Therefore, after careful consultations and deep reflection including prayer, I have decided to return to active politics,” he declared among cheers from PF members.
Lungu went on: “whether they like it or not, just like I wont allow the PF to die, I will not allow factions in the party. I will not allow opportunistic individuals to destroy the party.”
He said since losing power in 2021, he had been watching the trends in the country’s political governance space with interest.
Lungu was convinced that the squabbles leading to Matero Member of Parliament organising an election conference which reportedly ushered him as leader was instigated by people in government.
He reiterated that as long as he lived he would not allow PF to die under his watch, adding that PF would work with any opposition political party and that he was ready to lead from the front.
“I’m ready to suffer any consequences in the quest to liberate Zambia and restore democracy ,” Lungu said.
The announcement by the sixth president meant he has taken over the PF presidency which has been the centre of squabbles in the PF.
Zambians would wait for what will pan out from the announcement as court battles await the Sampa faction.
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