Mr Sata also threatened that he would be forced to dissolve Parliament and call for early elections, if his Cabinet failed to perform.
He said this during a Cabinet meeting where PF members of the Central Committee (MCC) were invited at State House in Lusaka yesterday.
On endorsements, which had in the recent weeks caused anxiety in the party, Mr Sata said he was not the sole candidate for the PF in the 2016 elections.
The Head of State said any party member was free to express their desire to lead the party without being stopped as doing so would plunge the party into dictatorship.
“Unless you come out and propose me, nobody can come and say you are endorsing me. If you understand English, you can only do so when someone has proposed me but nobody has proposed me, so how do you endorse me?
“And PF, Honourable (Geoffrey) Mwamba, we don’t have sole candidates.
The freedom in PF is such that everybody should come out in the open and start aspiring, because once you start being a sole candidate, then you are going to be drifting back into dictatorship. Let all those who want to aspire come out in the open,” he said.
Mr Sata said he was not in a hurry to declare himself candidate because he was already at the helm of leadership.
He said his name had not been proposed and, therefore, he could not be floated as the sole candidate for the 2016 general elections.
He also urged party leaders to respond to the media whenever contacted so that the country was informed about developmental programmes, among others.
“The Press wants information, you should respond to them, don’t starve them, you are starving them by being quiet,” he said.
He said the PF leadership should not remain mute when the party was being attacked by some opposition leaders.
“MCC and Cabinet ministers, before we start our meeting, I want to challenge you. Why are you not talking? Why are you so quiet? Because if you think you are not fit to be what you are, let me know so that I can dissolve Parliament and we go for a general election. Mr Wynter Kabimba (Secretary General) is being attacked, you are not replying.
“Mr Hakainde Hichilema today is saying this Cabinet is bloated again he says this Cabinet is tribal, since when did Mr Wlbur Simuusa (Foreign Affairs Minister) become Bemba or Mr Emmanuel Chenda (Commerce Minister or Ms Silvia Masebo (Tourism) or Mr Kabimba. You are being pounded left, right and centre and you are not replying. Whom do you think is going to answer for you? You should start talking,” he said.
The President said being silent meant that people would believe in hearsay hence it was important for the party leadership as well as Cabinet ministers to respond.
“Silence means consent and if you continue being quiet, people will listen to anything that is said,” he said.
He said Mr Hichilema was misleading the nation through allegations that the PF had a bloated Cabinet.
“Mr Hichilema doesn’t even understand what the word bloated means, how can he say Cabinet is bloated, so start talking, all of you,” he said.
Source: Times of Zambia