“THE Patriotic Front (PF) should not be angry or disappointed with my resignation from Government because I have been a member of the MMD although the ruling party asked me to serve in Government,” Keith Mukata has said.
Mr Mukata said he was shocked that the PF was upset that he had decided to join the UPND and endorse Hakainde Hichilema for the August general elections when he was a member of the MMD.
He said in an interview yesterday that he had resigned from the PF government to avoid breaching the doctrine of collective responsibility because he had difficulties fitting in the economic solutions the ruling party was pursuing.
Mr Mukata revealed that soon after he announced his resignation from Government, some people were mobilized from Kulima Tower bus station in an attempt to raid his house in Makeni but quick response from some of his supporters foiled the plot to attack him.
He said the PF should not consider him an enemy for having resigned from his ministerial position but should accept that in a democracy people would always have different opinions.
Mr Mukata said he was saddened that Information and Broadcasting Services Minister Chishimba Kambwili has branded him a tribalist for joining the UPND, stating that it was surprising that the PF could suggest it was going to lose the Chilanga seat because of regional voting.
He said he had great respect for President Edgar Lungu and that he would never allow himself to demean the Head of State despite having differed with his style of governing the country.
“The PF should celebrate my having resigned from Government. I have not left the PF and they must therefore not feel they have lost me because I have been a member of the MMD. I was only asked by late president Michael Sata to serve in the PF government and I was the first deputy minister of Commerce in Mr Sata’s government.”