Shakafuswa: There Will be Leadership Vaccuum In PF If SATA Leaves..
JONAS Shakafuswa says the PF will have a leadership crisis after President Michael Sata.
But Vice-President Dr Guy Scott says there is a lot of talent in PF and its prospects will be good even in the absence of President Sata and himself.
In an interview, Shakafuswa, a former finance deputy minister and former MMD Katuba member of parliament said he foresaw a crisis in PF in the absence of President Sata from the party.
“They have not done anything to prepare themselves for any eventualities. They will have a crisis. PF is Michael Sata, and Michael Sata is PF. He is kicking out everyone who thinks PF belongs to them because Sata thinks PF belongs to him,” Shakafuswa claimed.
He observed that those who were capable of leading the PF in future were being frustrated.
“The problem with African politics is the presidential system of governance. Those who are capable of leading are the ones who are being frustrated because incapable leaders are scared of them. The PF should start looking at the person who is the most capable, not who is a dunderhead, who sings praise songs. The President should allow people to come out with original ideas. The PF should allow members to come on board on who they think is the most capable, not President Sata choosing. A leader is not groomed, leaders are born,” said Shakafuswa.
But Vice-President Dr Guy Scott in an interview, said he did not foresee any succession wrangles in PF when he and President Sata retire from politics.
Vice-President Scott said there were many people that had graduated from the Michael Sata academy of political science, who could take over the PF.
“PF is not a small party with a small base anymore. It has got a very strong base now, including people in the minority in Southern Province despite the lack of political dominance there. There are people in every province who have an interest in seeing to it that PF survives. I am not worried but not prepared to give names because people will misinterpret me. There are so many people who have graduated from the Michael Sata academy of political science. It is more than just me. You know Apple? When Steve Jobs died of cancer of the liver, they said that’s the end of Apple, and many countries were saying ‘when Churchill dies that will be the end of England’ and so forth; it’s not so. People spring up to fill the vacuums,” Vice-President Scott said.
He said much as it was true that he and President Sata did a lot during the early years of the PF to keep it ahead of the competition, it did not mean that they were essential to the party now.
“There are other people, you know; there are other people. I don’t want to mention names because I might forget somebody and they will be on me. You know the names. Even your own newspaper, The Post has done a certain amount to boost the image of certain people other than myself and Michael Sata. So I think I am not worried,” he said.
Vice-President Scott also said there were some people that he hoped would not come anywhere near the top leadership of the PF but could not mention their names.
He said there had been a lot of work done in the PF succession and that work would remain.
“The work we have done all over Zambia and in the party will still be there. I don’t think honestly…maybe a scrap for succession and so forth but that is normal in a political party. I know what people think, they think we are where FDD is now, after General Christon Tembo died and what happened to MMD after Mwanawasa died; things like that. Yeah! It is possible that the life of an organisation can come to an end. This is not necessarily the case in PF. There is no special reason that this will happen to PF. I don’t want to be associated with any succession fighting,” said Vice-President Scott.
On the perception that the PF was about him and President Sata and vice versa, Vice-President Scott responded: “That’s because we are happy to be at the top and we founded it. It does not mean that when a vacuum is created by one of us or both of us disappearing from the scene that something won’t come to fill that vacuum. I admit that when you look at what has happened to MMD and how it has lost any credible leadership, you get worried but that is after 20 years of slowly increasing corruption. We have got a lot of talent left in PF so its prospects will be okay.”