KBF said this during the launch of his book titled “Zambia Shall Prosper 2” at Pamodzi Hotel in Lusaka this morning.
“I want to declare that I will support our current President as best way I can. I have always supported him from that unfortunate morning when I was awakened from my sleep in October 2014 and I was summoned to join gallant men and women at Lewanika Close after the death of our 5th president [Michael Sata] in England. Our journey still continues although our viewpoints are very different…Let me be clear Mr President, you have done your best for our party and our country. You cannot do beyond your best. Kindly pass on the mantle of leadership to us,” KBF said. “Mr President, I make this earnest appeal to you as your young brother, and I am saying this from the bottom of my heart – let us do the fighting for you. Remove yourself from this equation. If you do, you will take the wind out of the cell of the opposition. Why? Because you are the target. And if you remove yourself from the fight, the opposition will be lost, they will have nothing to hit. Let them shoot at us. I am prepared to fight on your behalf.”
He said now was the time to turn a new page in the country’s history.
“…a new history that I ask that we live without fear but renewed hope because all we need are a few good men, a few good women, a few good youths and a few good ideas. I have always talked about the love for my country and not for individual worshipping. I have always taken on fight that I believe is a good fight for my country. I am a true patriot. What I can say without shame nor regret however is that when it comes to my country, I have always stood for the poor and I will stand with the poor because this is what the great, Michael Chilufya Sata taught me,” KBF said. “I have always believed that blind belief in authority just because it represents a measure of authority is the greatest enemy of truth, passion and creativity we face today. We must stand on principle. Today, some people in the PF have called me a rebel. Some have declared repeatedly that over their dead bodies will they allow me to even have a word with my current President…I laugh at such kind of things because really, I am not such kind of a person. They think they are the only people that are entitled…They think they are the only people who deserve and in a way, they would like to change me so that I…think like them, feel like them and be like them. Some would rather hear me say the Patriotic Front comes before my country. To this, I say, No.”
He said some people in the PF think putting the party before the country was the yardstick of what loyalty is.
“I am saying no again. Let me just say this one more time: we are just a party in power today and we must understand and accept that our duty is to all Zambians. As a party, we must deliberately choose to unite around the future of our country without fear or vindictiveness. It is sad, and sometimes very annoying, that we, the ruling party, seem even fearful of such things as an Indaba. Just to talk, we are scared of such things. I stand before you as a beacon of light for I not only believe but I know that this great nation has potential,” said KBF.
“Zambia needs new energy, new passion and new vision to build on what has already been laid…Those who have left the PF to form their own organizations, I appeal to them to come back home. Half of you don’t even know why you left the party. To those that are standing on the fence, come back home…”