ACTING President Guy Scott yesterday affirmed the unity in the Patriotic Front (PF) at his first campaign rally in support of Defence and Justice Minister Edgar Lungu’s candidature in next month’s presidential election.
And Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba said the reconciliation was real and very genuine in the PF.
Dr Scott said the recent disagreements were in-house and that they were now over.
“I came to tell you that there is only one PF. It is PF 100 percent. Not 150 percent or 90 percent.We have 30 days to the elections and my job is to ensure everybody was on board the PF ship,” he said.
Mr Kalaba, who is Bahati member of Parliament, said at the first all-inclusive PF campaign rally held at Tick School grounds in Kabwe that all was well.
“This is real and a very genuine act of reconciliation of all the members of the party. It is also reflective even in all our party structures down to the grassroots,” he said.
Last week, Mr Kalaba on behalf of 14 other ministers passed a vote of no confidence against Acting President Scott, demanding his immediate resignation.
Earlier, Kasama MP Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba also put his weight behind Mr Lungu whose party presidency he has contested in the courts of Law.
Both Dr Scott and Mr Mwamba had opposed Mr Lungu’s ascendency to the PF presidency through what they referred to as an illegal conference.
Meanwhile, PF national chairperson Inonge Wina has called for the rebranding of the ruling party after next month’s election to flush out criminal elements currently putting the name of the party in disrepute.
Ms Wina, who is also Minister of Gender, said the violence currently being linked to the ruling party was caused by criminal elements being sponsored by the opposition.
“We know that criminal elements are being used by the opposition to penetrate the party, making it a violent party, but after the January 20 elections, president Lungu will rebrand, restructure the party to ensure all membership is known and no criminal elements remain to infiltrate the party,” she said.
Ms Wina called on all party structures to work hard and ensure the PF maintained their position as a ruling party after next month’s election.
Among the notable attendees included Local Government Minister, Emmanuel Chenda who has been absent at all PF rallies since the election of Lungu at the November 29/30 conference in Kabwe.