PF members accuse Mwila of buying support for Lungu’s 3rd term bid
By Mwape Mbwelela
SOME Patriotic Front members have accused secretary general Davies Mwila of distributing money to party structures to champion President Edgar Lungu’s third term bid.
Senior party sources have disclosed that Mwila had been tasked by President Lungu to continue championing the 2021 agenda.
“That’s why he has this new role of ‘Santa Claus’,” the sources said..
They said wherever Mwila had visited lately, endorsements were pronounced by leaders who had been given money.
“Davies Mwila has been going round giving money to structures. Everywhere he goes, endorsements are following him because of the money he has been giving party leaders in various structures,” the source said.
“Last week, he gave out K30,000 to some leaders in Lusaka so that they can spearhead the issue of the 2021. The idea is for those people who are being given money to go and propose at the convention that President Lungu goes for another term in 2021. Wherever he has gone, there is a call for President Lungu to stand in 2021.”
Repeated efforts to get Mwila’s comments on the matter have not yielded any result as calls on his mobile phone remain unanswered.
In January, President Lungu declared that he was constitutionally eligible to stand in the 2021 general elections.
He further challenged individuals in the ruling PF who felt ‘bigger’ than the party to leave.
President Lungu said he had read the Constitution and that he was eligible to stand in 2021.
He challenged all those against his declaration to go to the Constitutional Court to seek interpretation.
“I am eligible to stand; if you want, go to Constitution Court and they will tell you I am eligible to stand in 2021 and God willing and if people allow, I will stand,” declared President Lungu.
Lawyer Wynter Kabimba, who served as Michael Sata’s justice minister, has however explained that President Lungu does not qualify for the 2021 elections because the country’s Constitution had only been amended and not repealed.
Kabimba’s latest position came after his earlier statement that President Lungu was eligible to stand.
Elias Chipimo, the leader of NAREP who is also a lawyer, also said the amended Constitution did not allow President Lungu to go for a third term.