A Patriotic Front (PF) devotee from Western Province has charged that the principal architects of confusion in the Patriotic Front (PF) were the cartel that has hijacked President Michael Sata and are scheming to take over the leadership of the ruling party.
Mike Siyanda, a PF zealot has written an open letter to President Sata reminding him that the people who were insulting and slandering him when he was in the opposition were the ones pretending to be his (Sata) dedicated disciples.
Mr Siyanda has said President Sata should know and appreciate that former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba was the true and honest disciple of the Head of State because the Kasama Central Member of Parliament had been with the President at the most difficult of times.
He said the cartel had created its own powerbase in the PF by creating new and parallel structures apart from frustrating the true disciples of President Sata such as Mr Mwamba and Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda.
Mr Siyanda said the cartel had adopted the Machiavellian political tactics of persecution, blackmail, suspension and expulsion of their perceived political opponents hence causing confusion in the party so that they could easily take over the leadership of the ruling party.
He said the cartel had targeted a selected group of leaders in the PF which they were slandering and scandalizing with the hope that the party could rise against them to pave way for their expulsion.
In his letter captioned ‘Who is ideal to lead the Patriotic Front post President Sata’, Mr Siyanda said the three years the ruling party had been in power had been the most tumultuous in the history of Zambian politics.
He said the ruling party had been engulfed in what he called the political flames of self-caused fire ignited by the cartel which had a perception that President Sata would not be running for a second term.
“It is almost three years since President Sata and the Patriotic Front were elected to power by Zambian voters. This period has been a very tumultuous one in the history of Zambian politics. The principle architects of the confusion in the PF are the cartel scheming to take up the leadership of the ruling party and they have adopted the Machiavellian political tactics of persecution, blackmail, suspension and expulsion of their political opponents. They claim they are the disciples of President Sata and yet as party grassroots members, we know that former Defence Minister Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba who they have vilified is a true disciple of the Head of State,” Mr Siyanda said.
He said because of the confusion that was being fanned by the cartel, the PF had lost a considerable part of its support because the general membership was unhappy with the names of some leaders being propped to take over from President Sata.
Mr Siyanda said some of the leaders aspiring to succeed President Sata did not inspire confidence in the general citizenry because Zambians knew that such people were unelectable in the eyes of the electorate.
He said President Sata knew in his heart of hearts that Mr Mwamba was his true and loyal friend who had been there for the Head of State at the time when those praising him now were insulting and slandering him.
Mr Siyanda recalled that some of the leaders who were singing praises for President Sata had completely ruled him out of ever becoming President.
He said President Sata suffered a lot of bad publicity by some newspapers to a point that they branded the Head of State a tribalist when he came to the defence of second republican president Frederick Chiluba, Xavier Chungu, Faustin Kabwe, Aaron Chungu and Samuel Musonda among others who were being persecuted at the time.
Mr Sinyinda said Mr Mwamba had continued respecting President Sata despite having differed with the Head of State on principle adding that while it was the rule for most ministers to wait until they were fired, the Kasama Central lawmaker humbly resigned from his ministerial job without acrimony. He said the PF had lost a lot of support since forming government in 2011 and that Mr Mwamba would be able to rekindle the people’s love for the Party and President Sata if he could be allowed to be an active member.