PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Chama says there is no need for the party to hold a national convention prior to the 2016 elections because President Lungu was given a five-year mandate last year.
Mr Chama said in an interview that Mr Lungu will therefore contest general elections as the party’s candidate because of his election at the November general conference in Kabwe.
“People calling for a convention have not read the party constitution. They should read it and understand.
“We have not stopped anyone from aspiring for the presidency but that can only be done after President Lungu’s mandate is complete,” Mr Chama said.
He urged the media to stop misquoting party officials on the presidency because the PF constitution is clear.
He said no member has been barred from contesting the party presidency adding that President Lungu’s tenure will only end in 2019.
Mr Chama said senior PF members should understand the party constitution and that leadership is also educating members to enlighten them.
Meanhwile, Mr Chama thanked former President Kenneth Kaunda for blessing the nation.
Mr Chama said the nation is fortunate to be blessed by its founding father
“President Lungu made a good decision of respecting our former presidents. We believe in forgiveness and forgetting the past,’’ he said.
Mr Chama said President Lungu and the PF leadership do not believe in persecuting former presidents.
“We have heard some people saying that they will prosecute President Lungu once he leaves office, it is wrong.
“It is time as Zambians to start respecting our elders and that includes our former presidents,” he said.