…Mu­lenga wants party to or­gan­ise Sata me­mo­rial

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By BEN­NIE MUNDANDO MU­LENGA Sata ap­proached us on Wed­nes­day and asked us to or­gan­ise his fa­ther’s me­mo­rial ser­vice this year to avoid last year’s con­fu­sion and not the lies that the Mast news­pa­per is ped­dling that he told us to re­spect his fa­ther, PF deputy sec­re­tary-gen­eral Mumbi Phiri has said.

Ms Phiri was com­ment­ing on the Mast story in which the tabloid quoted some anony­mous sources as hav­ing said that Mu­lenga Sata had stormed the PF sec­re­tariat on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon, fu­ri­ous that the party was ha­rass­ing peo­ple that worked closely with his late fa­ther.

Ms. Phiri ac­cused the Mast of ly­ing and rub­bished the story. “The Mast news­pa­per is ly­ing as usual. Mu­lenga Sata came to see us at the sec­re­tariat. When he en­tered the sec­re­tariat, he found the party sec­re­tary-gen­eral Davis Mwila driv­ing out be­cause we were sched­uled to have lunch at a res­tau­rant near St. Ig­ni­tious with con­stituency of­fi­cials from Chi­langa and that is how he fol­lowed him.

“He just came to meet us and one of the things he told us was that he wanted this year’s me­mo­rial ser­vice for his late fa­ther to be han­dled and planned by the party to avoid a re­peat of what hap­pened last year where some fam­ily mem­bers held it in Mpika while oth­ers were in Lusaka with party of­fi­cials turn­ing up late for the event,” Ms. Phiri ex­plained.

She ex­plained that con­trary to what she termed as lies in Thurs­day’s edi­tion of the Mast news­pa­per, Mu­lenga Sata and the party of­fi­cials had a fruit­ful and peace­ful en­gage­ment.

“He gave us per­mis­sion to plan the me­mo­rial ser­vice and that we should feel free to give fam­ily mem­bers any re­spon­si­bil­i­ties that we felt could be done by them. I never heard him com­plain that there were peo­ple who worked closely with his fa­ther who were be­ing ha­rassed. As a mater of fact, we were al­ready at the res­tau­rant by 12:45 con­trary to lies that he went to the sec­re­tariat at 13:00 hours.

“It is sad to have a pa­per which, when peo­ple are talk­ing about rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, it is schem­ing to di­vide the party and the coun­try. We know they don’t want the PF and they don’t like in­di­vid­u­als like me whom they al­ways write lies about but they should know that they will never force me to sup­port the peo­ple they sup­port be­cause they think they can take the reins of this coun­try,” she said.

She said it had be­come ev­i­dent that due to des­per­a­tion for a saviour from its fi­nan­cial quag­mire, the Mast news­pa­per had gone into a mar­riage of con­ve­nience with dis­grun­tled politi­cians who were promis­ing “a heaven on earth” once they strayed into the cor­ri­dors of power.

Mu­lenga Sata (L) dscussing the me­mo­rial with Mumbi Phiri and PF sec­re­tary gen­eral Davis Mwila over lunch

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