THE cartel will not be allowed to take over the Patriotic Front (PF) because the party is not for sale as it is an instrument for the poor, PF secretary general, Edgar Lungu yesterday warned in a moving tribute that sent thousands gathered at the Heroes Stadium into tearful applause.
Mr Lungu who is also Defence and Justice Minister cautioned that ordinary PF members would not allow the party to be hijacked by the cartel.
“The PF is not for sale to the highest bidder. It is for the poor and the marginalised. We shall not allow selfish interests and the cartel to take away their only instrument for liberation,” he said as the mourners cheered him on.
Mr Lungu said the values of PF were passed on to PF members by President Sata and that it was the duty of the party leaders to ensure that Mr Sata’s vision was realised, as a way of honouring him.
Mr Lungu said it was true that President Sata was PF and without him there could be no PF but that party members should hold the party together so that it could live beyond Mr Sata.
He said PF was committed to the promotion of human dignity and a prosperous society and that within its broad mission, the party also advocates the rights of the poor, marginalised, vulnerable children, orphans and widows.
Mr Lungu said PF members should regroup, unite and carry on the struggle for a better Zambia.
He assured Zambians that the PF shall carry on with Mr Sata’s ideal to transform Zambia into a middle income country.
Mr Lungu acknowledged that the death of President Sata was more devastating to former first lady, Christine Kaseba.
He however advised Dr Kaseba to look at PF as her family on whom she could call for counsel.
“We will be there for you. We too shall count on you to guide us. Let us unite and love one another even more,” Mr Lungu said.
He also paid tribute to President Sata whom he described as his mentor and teacher.
“Go well Mr President, we shall honour you, we shall carry on with your courage you taught us… You gave us a firm foundation. God bless Zambia, God bless Africa,” Mr Lungu said amid tears.
And acting President Guy Scott said his task was to ensure Zambians had a new President within 90 days.
He said Zambians would have a new President because that could have been Mr Sata’s wish.
Dr Scott paid tribute to the late president saying everything he knew in politics, he had learnt from Mr Sata.