‘Prodigal son’ Mulenga Sata joins Lusaka Mayoral race

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Mulenga Sata has announced his intention to run for Lusaka Mayor in the forthcoming by-election on the PF ticket, declaring, “once a mayor always a mayor.”

And Mulenga, who today U-turned on his decision to quit active politics and rejoined the PF, has endorsed President Edgar Lungu’s bid for reelection in 2021.

“May I say that, I admire the resilience and commitment with which PF has fought hard to sell its developmental agenda to the Zambians. For example, the recent Chilanga by – election must not be forgotten as a big success including the many ward elections PF has won. The upcoming elections of Lusaka Mayor will help cement the real growth and dominance of the PF in Lusaka,” Mulenga said at a press conference at the PF secretariat.

“This vacant position as you may all be aware was once a position I held. I know the entire city of Lusaka and the majority of residents are familiar with both my name and face. Many plans and programs that were initiated were not implemented as I only served for few months. My heart desires to fulfil my dream to see a transformed city of Lusaka. With that said, allow me to declare my interest to contest as executive mayor of Lusaka. As the saying goes, ‘once a mayor always a mayor’.”

About a month ago, Mulenga said he had quit active politics to concentrate on farming.

On why he has cut short his retirement, Mulenga claimed his decision has been motivated by the desire to serve the country.

“Now, to answer the question as highlighted in one of the tabloids where I was purported to have hang my political gloves, here is the truth, service to mother Zambia need not be debated. Whenever I am called upon for service, who am I to say no? As men we multitask: as husbands, fathers, providers. Politics is also one of the duties and obligations we have to manage accordingly.”

Mulenga told the gathering that the PF is a party that will continue to grow and attract new and old members alike, adding that the leadership of President Lungu is unique and comparable to none.

“PF is a party that will continue to grow and attract new and old members alike under the leadership of President Edgar Chagwa Lungu is unique and comparable to none. His humble and simple approach to matters that affect the country and its people is fatherly. Having worked as deputy minister at State House gave me more reason to miss my boss greatly. Indeed, he was the chosen one and put firmly in his path by my late father. Supporting him clearly means satisfying and fulfilling the vision and mission of our founding father, late MC Sata.

“Come 2021, ni nafuti nafuti with Edgar Chagwa Lungu.”

Mulenga, the eldest of late President Michael Sata’s children, stunned the country when he resigned from his position as State House Deputy Minister and defected to the opposition UPND in the run up to the 2016 general elections.

Meanwhile, PF secretary general Davies Mwila who welcomed Mulenga Sata told the gathering that the doors are open to former members who wish to rejoin the party.

He disclosed that the party’s Central Committee has been tasked with bringing back all former members who had left to join other parties.

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