By Nation Reporter
PATRIOTIC Front national youth chairperson Stephen Kampyongo says that the defection to the UPND of former Lusaka Provincial Minister Mulenga Sata is regrettable.
And Mr Kampyongo said that it was wrong for anyone leaving the PF to join the UPND to say that the PF had been hijacked by MMD members.
Speaking during a media briefing in Livingstone on Wednesday, Mr Kampyongo said that despite Mulenga being a close colleague to him, the former Lusaka Mayor did not consult him on his decision to join the UPND like he used to previously.
“Mulenga Sata was actually co-opted into the national youth committee which I chair. His departure is regrettable and what I can say is that he has been my colleague. He has always been consulting me on many decisions but on this particular one, he did not. I only learnt about it from one of my youths who came to tell me that Mulenga had a meeting with the UPND leader in the night,” he said.
“For the PF, it is aluta continua. My youths will soldier on. Mulenga is my colleague. Should he feel the need to return to the PF, he is welcome and our doors will remain open. I want him to go with dignity and should not throw stones at the party where he is coming from,” he said.
“Mulenga, Mukata and Mwaliteta are my colleagues and will remain my colleagues despite our political differences. There have been calls that President Lungu should have fired them but what I can say is that the President has exhibited a parental heart by not firing anyone despite knowing what they have been doing,” he said.
Kampyongo who is also Local Government and Housing Minister said that President Lungu’s parental heart should not be seen as a weakness.
He said that people who are leaving the PF to join the UPND are the same people who worked hard to destabilise the PF when President Sata died.
“These are the people that have never been with us and we know it.
“They have just ganged up and regrouped. They should not damage the bridges because they have gone to the UPND.
“Nothing will distract PF from performing well. The biggest lesson we have learnt as PF was the loss of our president. These happenings are a cleansing process and they are not a surprise to us,” he said.