CHISHIMBA Kambwili has warned that there is an imminent crack in the PF which will be unstoppable. Kambwili, the former information minister who has contested his expulsion from the ruling party in court, warned that PF members must know that what was coming their way would finish the party. Kambwili, who was a member of the central committee of the Patriotic Front, was expelled from the ruling party together with former Copperbelt minister Mwenya Musenge.
The Roan PF member of parliament has decided to fight his expulsion in the High Court, but Musenge, instead, has opted to accept the expulsion and form a political party. The PF leadership, including President Edgar Lungu, accused Kambwili and Musenge of mobilizing chiefs in Luapula Province for support to take over the leadership of the party, allegations the two leaders have denied.
Following the expulsion of the duo, the PF on the Copperbelt has been thrown into disarray as several party members sympathized with them and castigated the central committee over its decision.
“If we don’t resolve our differences now, it (crack) will be unstoppable, wait and see what will happen. I have told people that I’m not a political lightweight and by now, they should know what is coming their way because PF will remain a skeleton. All the warning shots are there and the quicker they realise [that] what they’ve done by expelling me is a mistake, what they have done by creating confusion in the party is a mistake, arresting people on trumped up charges is a mistake, the better,”
He said the PF leadership needed to realise that engaging each other within and outside the party was important.
“You cannot practice politics of 1969 where everybody becomes a threat to you and you arrest. What we need now is to engage one another,” advised Kambwili.