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Ex-President Lungu insists Hichilema government behind plots to destabilize Patriotic Front


Ex-President Edgar Lungu has accused the Hichilema-led government of being behind the attacks on the Patriotic Front and plotting to supplant the leadership of the Party.

Lungu bemoaned the fact that state democratic institutions were being abused and forced to support illegalities.

The former Head of State said this when he chaired a Central Committee Meeting of the PF faction he leads in Lusaka on Saturday.

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He said the party was going through a difficult period which the leadership was determined to overcome with the support of members.

“I want to urge you to remain steadfast and resist the evil agenda as this was an attack against Democracy and the multi-party nature of Zambia,” Lungu stated.

During the same meeting, Lungu announced that he and the Members of the Central Committee would embark on a tour of party structures in provinces and districts to meet and mobilise party members.

He called on members to prepare as the Central Committee visits their structure.

“The leadership should enforce a sense of discipline and vigilance, especially during this period,” the former Head of State advised.

Lungu also bemoaned the poor state of the economy and the high cost of living that were affecting citizens adversely.

He said there appeared to be no strategic policies to stem the high prices of mealie-meal, fuel, electricity, other commodities and the volatile foreign exchange market.

“I want to encourage you to continue propagating alternative policies and remind Zambians of the party’s good works while it held office and ran government,” Lungu emphasized.

Meanhile, the Lungu-led PF Secretary-General, Raphael Nakacinda, said during the meeting the party received a special report about the candidates for the upcoming ward by-elections in Mayembe Ward of Shiwang’andu, Kapamba Ward of Mpika and Kayo Ward of Mwansabombwe districts.

Nakacinda stated that the Central Committee called on party members to turn up in large numbers to escort and support the party candidates on the day of nominations scheduled for Tuesday, December 19, 2023.

“The Meeting was also updated about the legal cases prevailing in the courts of law, a process to protect the legal ownership of the party against state-sponsored stooges,” he stated.

Nakacinda said the Central Committee also extended, in the interim, the mandate of party structures in the affected Provinces whose term had come to an end.

He stated that this was to allow the secretariat and mobilisation teams to complete the current work and audit of membership.

“The Central Committee has since tasked the Secretariat to draw up election calendars in the affected provinces,” Nakacinda said.

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