PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Davis Chama says he will not tolerate indiscipline among members of the ruling party calling for his removal because he is set to rebuild the party.
In an interview, Mr. Chama said he was not moved by calls to remove him from office, adding that he was pre-occupied with preparing the party for next year’s general elections.
He said calls by some members of the PF to have him removed were unjustifiable, adding that the major task the party had at the moment was to mobilise and prepare for the 2016 general elections.
“Besides people behind such manoeuvres for my removal are not party members. They are not from our structures. Ask them where they are coming from and who is their chairman? They will not say because they are not party officials. They are just sponsored chaps who have nothing to do apart from being used to fight battles they don’t understand,” said Mr. Chama.
He said those criticizing him have made him a stronger and firm leader to continue executing his duties diligently and with a vision for a better PF and a strong organisation.
Mr. Chama said criticism was normal to support a strong foundation of growth in a particular individual or organisation, adding that it should however not be aimed at destroying the foundation of the people belonging to an establishment. “This is why I cannot runaway; this is why I cannot throw in the towel in the PF leadership’s trust in me to hold this senior most party position. I am secretary general of the PF and will deal with any such people behind these schemes because they are not raising issues apart from being malicious.
‘‘These calls are being propagated by the enemies of the PF because they know how strong and attractive the PF has become after the 2015 Presidential election,” he said.
Mr. Chama has since challenged all those behind the scheme to have him removed from office to come out in the open and raise the allegation in an open manner rather than sending or paying disgruntled youths to make malicious statements against him.
“I challenge all those behind the calls for my resignation to come out in the open and clearly state what I am not working on.
‘‘I would like them to state what I have not done as party secretary general. I would love them to say it in the open.
“These unproductive calls are not helping the party at all in supporting President Edgar Chagwa Lungu. It is therefore important that all party leaders across the country focus on mobilsing the party ahead of the 2016 general election in order for President Lungu to win,” said Mr. Chama.