Zambia’s former head of state Edgar Chagwa Lungu has called on Patriotic Front (PF) party sympathizers not to let the party die no matter the circumstances saying PF is the mass movement for all Zambians.
Lungu was speaking at the 7th memorial service of Zambia’s fifth republican president the late Michael Chilufya Sata at Embassy Park Official Burrial Site in the Capital Lusaka.
According to Lungu, now is the time to rebuild the party and not small talk and petty squabbles.
“No matter the circumstances, PF must live and arise. PF is the mass movement for all Zambians and it is not for sell to the highest bidder. This not a time for small talk and petty squabbles; this is not a time for blame game and unending lamentations,” he said.
While honoring Sata, who was the founding leader of PF, Lungu told supporters to respect Sata by practicing the values he set.
“I want to say something directly to members and leaders of the mighty Patriotic Front; the Party of President Sata and the Party of choice for millions of Zambians: colleagues, there is no better way to honor the memory of this gallant son of the soil than pursuing and promoting the very values and principles that shaped his life,”.
Lungu then described Sata as a very unique and generous person who taught Zambians to love one another and to share the little they have and to be ones keeper.
“We must always strive to hold on to these same virtues each day we live. We must put service to others above service to personal gratification. We should not use multi-party politics to divide ourselves in to regions and tribes, create a wedge between ourselves and those on the other side of the political divide because before we are PF, or FDD, or UNIP or UPND we are Zambians first,” he added.