Thursday, September 12, 2013

PF's future under threat - Lubinda
By Moses Kuwema
Fri 23 Aug. 2013, 14:01 CAT

GIVEN Lubinda says the PF's future is more under threat from its internal squabbles and not any opposition political party. In an interview, Lubinda, who is Kabwata PF member of parliament, said he did not see any political party posing a threat to the PF in 2016 but that the threat for the PF's continued stay in power would come from within the party.

"I don't see any threat to the PF except ourselves. I don't see a threat from the opposition, the only threat I see is within ourselves. We are in such a fortunate position that the opposition will not have a bearing on our chances in 2016. For as long as we allow President Michael Sata to deliver, the opposition will not have it easy in 2016. It will be much harder for them in 2016 than it has ever been before, because there will be very few things to criticise," Lubinda said.

Lubinda advised PF members not to be distracted by petty issues.
He said the infighting among party members should be stopped.

"Don't use internal squabbles as a way of politicking. For an opposition political party, that is a good strategy. For an opposition political party when you have got squabbles, you can take them to the public, media because you want to show the dynamism in that political party. But for a party in government, there are much more expectations from the people than bringing squabbles in public. I think that the party in government must show unanimity at all times. You must show that there is unity of purpose and if people are going to be punished and so on, it must be done in such a manner that you don't create an impression that things are out of hand," Lubinda said.

He said those who genuinely want the PF to continue in power must render their total support to President Sata.

He said PF members should also make sure that even the statements they make do not distract the President from fulfilling his mandate.

"We should not make statements that bring unnecessary criticism to the party or government. When we read stories about arrogance from a party that is in government, it is not comforting, it is disheartening. We don't want to be reading stories that the people in government are arrogant, too big-headed. I pray that all of us will humble ourselves because this is about service. Once we do that, 2016 will be much easier for PF than 2011," he said.

Lubinda said the rate at which the country was being developed would make it difficult for opposition political parties to campaign.

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