The presidency has cautioned the Edgar Lungu-led Patriotic Front (PF) Information and Publicity Chairperson, Emmanuel Mwamba, and other party members against dragging President Hakainde Hichilema into their internal conflicts.
Chief Communications Specialist, Clayson Hamasaka, said the State House had noticed the ongoing propaganda from Mwamba and other PF members who persistently involved Hichilema in their internal disputes.
Hamasaka in a statement issued in Lusaka on Saturday said Mwamba specifically had now called for so-called mass protests across the country to support the PF, even though the party was in the hands of its own members.
He said citizens were now expected to demonstrate in favour of a party they overwhelmingly rejected in 2021, as if it were trash.
“To be honest, what’s left of the PF is not even a shell of its former self because a shell still represents some form,” Hamasaka said.
Hamasaka questioned how Hichilema can be obsessed with the PF, a political party he essentially defeated in the 2021 elections with a landslide victory.
“The PF is now consigned to the dustbin of history, and it would be better for leaders like Emmanuel Mwamba to come to terms with it for the sake of their well-being,” he said.
Hamasaka said what was happening in the PF was nothing new as it was a repetition of what occurred during the internal elections in 2015, 2016, and 2021.
He said anyone who remembers would recall that the only official PF convention was held before the 2011 elections that brought in the late President Michael Sata.
“Other purported PF conventions were essentially installations based on who possessed more weapons and tools, and at that time, they never blamed the opposition UPND President Hichilema for their conflicts,” Hamasaka said.
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