STEVEN MVULA and ELIZABETH CHATUVELA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Mwila says the ruling party belongs to the people and not particular individuals.
Mr Mwila said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday that the PF is a political party for all Zambians.
“For those in doubt about who the founder members were, they are at liberty to check with the office of the Registrar of Societies and verify who was there in 2001 when the party was founded,” he said.
He said only names such as Edwin Lifwekelo and Flatella Msimuko, among others, will appear in the register.
Mr Mwila has since appealed to party members to expend their energies on building the party for the future and not just claiming to be founders of the party.
He has called for discipline and commitment amongst PF members “as the party has a huge task of delivering on its promises”.
Mr Mwila has also dispelled insinuations by some expelled members that they are the “true founder members” of the PF.
Meanwhile, the PF central committee has directed the party leadership in North-Western, Western and Southern Provinces to hold elections from section to provincial levels to strengthen structures ahead of the 2021 general elections.
Central committee member Charles Mututwa said this in an interview yesterday.
Mr Mututwa, who is also Western Province PF chairperson, said the resolution to call for early elections was passed during a central committee meeting held last month.
He said the elections are scheduled to start next month with North-Western Province.
“The meeting felt that the three provinces where the party did not perform well in the 2016 general elections should go for early elections from section up to provincial levels. This is to facilitate restructuring and allow new members to participate in decision-making,’’ he said.
And Mr Mututwa said Mr Mwila is scheduled to visit Western Province next month to shed more light on the regional elections.
Meanwhile, the PF in Western Province is confident of winning the Libonda ward by-election set for September 14 because it has done its groundwork.