GBM tells the anti-Sata endorsements to name their 2016 candidate

DEFENCE Minister Geoffrey Mwamba has challenged those against endorsing President Michael Sata as the Patriotic Front (PF)’s candidate in 2016 to disclose the name of their preferred candidate.

Mr Mwamba said in an interview in Kafue yesterday that there was nothing wrong with anyone endorsing Mr Sata as the presidential candidate.

“Even those that are against his candidacy are free not to support the endorsement and we are not stopping them because they have the right to have a different view in the party and that is healthy.

“But what we are interested in is to know who their preferred candidate is,” Mr Mwamba said.

He said it was not automatic that Mr Sata would re-contest the presidency in 2016, as the party would go to a national convention to give a fresh mandate to the leaders or usher in new ones.

He said if it was automatic, the party manifesto could have stated so so that he could run for 10 years.

Mr Mwamba said it was for this reason that some party members had started the campaign for the President to re-contest the 2016 elections.

“All those that are campaigning are doing so within the party manifesto and there is nothing sinister about endorsing Mr Sata to re-contest in 2016,” he said.

Mr Mwamba also brushed aside assertions that campaigning for the 2016 presidential candidate was too early since the party was only two years in Government and should instead concentrate on developing the nation.

“It’s not too early to start campaigns for 2016 especially for the presidential candidate because the first day we got into office campaigns started,” he said.

He was happy that many PF members in various constituencies and provinces had joined the campaign to endorse Mr Sata for the presidency.

Times of Zambia