By GIDEON NYENDWA
FORMER President Edgar Lungu has no intention to run for presidency in 2026 and the Patriotic Front has not had any discussions around his return to active politics, PF acting secretary general Nickson Chilangwa has said.
Mr Chilangwa said Mr Lungu had not expressed any interest in vying for the republican presidency in 2026.
He said the information being floated around suggesting that he wants to come back was just being propelled by the enemies of the party who wanted to create unnecessary confusion.
He said that if the former president really wanted to come back that information would have been made available using the right platforms and not social media.
Mr Chilangwa said the stance of the former president that he wants to retire from active politics still remains the same and he has no plans of changing his mind.
He said that contrary to speculations that PF has failed to rebrand, the party had made noticeable changes like the resignation of the secretary general Mr Davis Mwila and the national chairperson Mr Samuel Mukupa, also resigned all this was part of the process of rebranding.
Mr Chilangwa said that rebranding was not a one-day event like a birthday party it was a process and it takes time.
He said that there were new faces that were being appointed to leadership positions of the PF like Kanfinsa Member of Parliament, Mr Christopher Kango’mbe that was also part of rebranding.
Mr Chilangwa said that the rebranding was going to take a lot of time and energy and what had been done so far was a step in the right direction. He said that a lot of people were thinking that PF was going to go in the archives like the other former ruling parties but that was a wrong perception because the party was coming back strong.
Mr Chilangwa said the PF was still the biggest political party with over two million members and who were convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the party was coming back in power.