Late president Sata’s son resigns from Zambia’s ruling party

Mulenga Sata, son of Zambia’s late president Michael Sata, has announced his resignation as Minister for Lusaka province.

Sata said he has left the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) founded by his late father and joined the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND). He charged that the PF has been hijacked and deviated from its original ideals on development. “It is clear that the development set by the founding fathers of PF have been set aside,” Sata said, questioning how President Edgar Lungu embraced former ministers from the previous government of President Rupiah Banda.

According to him, Zambia’s economic situation was eroding by the day and the country was being plunged into a debt trap because of prestige projects that do not benefit the nation. UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema said he was humbled by Sata’s decision to resign at a time when other Members of Parliament were calculating their gratuity.

Zambia’s parliament will dissolve ahead of the general election on 11 August.