Looming Split in Zambia’s ruling PF over Governance

A split is looming in the ruling Zambian Patriotic Front within Cabinet and the Central Committee over the lack of consultation on a variety of issues.

According to the Daily Nation, the prevailing stand-off between the executive and the judiciary, the donation of 5 million litres of fuel to Malawi as the country plunges into a shortages and Secretary General Wynter Kabimba’s position both in the party and the government have emerged as contentious among senior members.

Kabimba, according to government protocol, is offered recognition ahead of Vice-President Guy Scott and is understandably wielding more power than the substantive.

Vice-President Scott does not act as President when Sata is out of the country as the responsibility is given to either his trusted lieutenants Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda or his counterpart at Defence Godfry Bwalya Mwamba.

Some PF senior members and Cabinet ministers have further also raised concern on the K14 billion saga involving President Michael Sata’s political allies Fred M’membe (Post Newspaper owner) and director of public prosecutions Mutembo Nchito.

Members of the central committee are also riled by the continuous and unscheduled visits by people guilty of defaulting the K14 billion of public funds.

Daily Nation

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