By Brian Chafwila
The Economic Liberation Association (ELA) has branded as ” unconstitutional and illegal” pronouncement by Patriotic Front(PF) Secretary General, Davies Mwila that President Edgar Chagwa Lungu as a sole and preferred presidential candidate for the 2021 General Elections.
In a statement made available to the media ELA Secretary General, Mainda Simaata said it was a breach and abrogation of the Zambian Constitution by the PF to endorse President Lungu as it’s sole candidate for 2021 presidential elections, saying the move is a ‘way of rubberstamping the candidacy and further isolate’ those wishing to contest for top job.
Simaata argued that there was no way Mwila could make such a pronouncements without due consideration of the Constitutional Clauses which clearly stipulates the term for presidency in Zambia.
He also added that he strongly supports the stance which the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) has taken that President Lungu,’s term expires in 2021.
After being expelled from the Kambwili , one of the party members perceived to be eyeing the PF presidency has been vocal on the endorsement of President Lungu by stating that “for the party to be democratic, there was a need for intra-party elections at all levels” sentiments the PF leadership regards as an ‘indication’ of Roan lawmaker aspiration for party presidency.
Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister, Steven Kampyongo believes that now that Hon Kambwili had been expelled from the party, the decision by the Central Committee gives him a room and a chance to prove his political weight and therefore promised to “Meet him on the battlefield of politics.”
Chishimba Kambwili will believes that he’s “a political heavy weight”, while the PF calls him “a non-entity” and daring him to form his own political party to prove his popularity.