PF toast Con­Court vic­tory

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By CHARLES MUSONDA

PA­TRI­OTIC Front sup­port­ers yes­ter­day cel­e­brated the Con­sti­tu­tional Court's dec­la­ra­tion of Pres­i­dent Edger Lungu's el­i­gi­bil­ity in style.

The sup­port­ers, who were clad in PF re­galia, stormed the Lusaka High Court traf­fic cir­cle as early as 08: 00 hours to wait for the land­mark judge­ment.

Se­cu­rity was tight as riot po­lice kept vigil while the crowd con­tin­ued to in­crease. As Con­sti­tu­tional Court pres­i­dent Jus­tice Hilda Chi­bomba read the bulky judge­ment, a cel­e­bra­tory mood had al­ready gripped the court's ex­ter­nal premises.

How­ever a peace­ful at­mos­phere reigned supreme as the ju­bi­lant sup­port­ers just sang and danced.

Af­ter pro­nounce­ment of the judge­ment, the crowd burst into eu­pho­ria when PF Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Davis Mwila, his deputy Mumbi Phiri, and other party lead­ers went to greet them. The PF lead­ers and sup­port­ers then drove off at high speed to the party’s sec­re­tariat for more cel­e­bra­tions.

And Mr Mwila says op­po­si­tion par­ties should re­spect the de­ci­sion of the Con­sti­tu­tional Court re­gard­ing Pres­i­dent Lungu's leg­i­bil­ity to con­test the 2021 gen­eral elec­tions .

Mr Mwila how­ever said the de­bate on the el­i­gi­bil­ity has since been put to rest with the judge­ment de­liv­ered by the court. Speak­ing when he ad­dressed a mul­ti­tude of PF sup­port­ers at the party sec­re­tariat yes­ter­day, Mr Mwila said PF Cen­tral Com­mit­tee has al­ready made a de­ci­sion to go to the 2021 elec­tion with Pres­i­dent Lungu as their can­di­date.

Mr Mwila stated that the party would go to the gen­eral con­ven­tion in 2020 and all party mem­bers that wanted to chal­lenge him were free to do so.

He­said the PF does not ex­pect to see con­fu­sion com­ing from dis­sat­is­fied op­po­si­tion par­ties to bring con­fu­sion when the PF field Pres­i­dent Lungu in 2021.

He noted that there were peo­ple who had fallen from grace as far as the rul­ing party was con­cerned and would want to team up with the op­po­si­tion to cause prob­lems in view of the court al­low­ing Pres­i­dent Lungu to con­test the 2021 elec­tions.

He warned that the party would not tol­er­ate its mem­bers that would want to take ad­van­tage of the judge­ment to cause con­fu­sion in the party.

Mr Mwila said Pres­i­dent Lungu was ready to work for the peo­ple of Zam­bia by tak­ing devel­op­ment in all parts of the coun­try.

Pres­i­dent Lungu has urged the party to con­tinue with the spirit of unity for the bet­ter­ment of the na­tion.

" Mem­bers who feel they are pop­u­lar are free to chal­lenge Pres­i­dent Lungu at the 2020 con­ven­tion pro­vided they qual­ify. I am there­fore urg­ing mem­bers to re­main loyal and con­tinue work­ing hard so that the 2021 elec­tions would be a walk over,” said Mr Mwila.

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