CHOMBA MUSIKA, STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Davies Mwila is today scheduled to start a party mobilisation tour of Northern Province and to evaluate the efficacy of its programmes.
PF media director Sunday Chanda says during the six-day tour, Mr Mwila will call on all party structures to familiarise them with the 2016-2021 PF manifesto so that they can easily explain to the people development programmes being implemented in the province.
Mr Chanda said in a statement yesterday that Mr Mwila will use the tour to understand the challenges and opportunities facing party structures in the region.
Mr Mwila will also call for discipline and loyalty among PF members to make the ruling party more attractive.
“On this important trip, Mr Mwila is expected to meet all provincial, district and constituency committee members. He will meet four members from each ward and all members of Parliament and councillors in the province,” Mr Chanda said.
Mr Mwila will also revisit the mobilisation and membership recruitment interventions in the region.
Mr Mwila will be accompanied by six members of the central committee, among them Davies Chama and Freedom Sikazwe, who are also ministers of Defence and Presidential Affairs, respectively.
Meanwhile, North-Western Province PF chairman Emmanuel Chihili says President Lungu’s attendance of the Kufukwila traditional ceremony and his continued visits to the province has encouraged members in the region to continue strengthening the party.
On Saturday, President Lungu attended the Kufukwila traditional ceremony of the Kaonde people, becoming the first head of State to grace the event in the 55-year rule of Senior Chief Mukumbi.
Mr Chihili said President Lungu has demonstrated that it is not always about politics but development of the nation.
He was commenting on the visit of the head of State to Kalumbila district where the ceremony took place.
“As a party in the province, we are humbled and grateful that President Lungu has kept visiting this province despite the fact that most people here did not vote for him. He has demonstrated true leadership,” Mr Chihili said.
He said President Lungu is fulfilling his promise of working with everyone irrespective of their political inclinations.
And Mr Chihili has warned members in the province against flouting party regulations because they will be dealt with.
Mr Chihili said it is unacceptable that some party members recently attempted to lock up the office of provincial permanent secretary Ephraim Mateyo over some differences.
“We have clear channels which we can use to address any issue we may have. Locking up government offices is simply shooting ourselves in the foot,” he said.
Last week, some PF members attempted to lock Mr Mateyo’s office after some differences with party functionaries in the province.