HONE SIAME, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Mwila has announced that the ruling party will go for its general conference in 2020.
Mr Mwila said in a statement in Lusaka yesterday by PF media director Sunday Chanda that the general conference will be preceded by party elections that will start on July 1, 2018.
Mr Mwila, who is on a five-day tour of Muchinga Province, has since directed party structures to ensure they adhere to the laid -down procedures when filling up vacancies ahead of next year’s party elections.
He also directed ministers to pay courtesy calls on the district party structures when within the vicinity.
“This is important in closing the disconnect, whether real or apparent in certain cases between government and party structures. It is in the party’s interest that ministers synchronise their work with that of the party because everything is premised on the 2016-2021 party election manifesto,” Mr Mwila said.
He said closer collaboration between party officials and ministers will make it easy for the officials to understand each other’s roles and activities.
“We want to ensure the party understands what government ministers are doing and vice versa. Ministers can only succeed if they do not lag behind or go ahead of the party.
“This is where the synchronisation becomes critical. This move will also enable party structures to be up to date with information as they carry out mobilisation exercises,” Mr Mwila said.
On economic diversification, Mr Mwila said the PF administration is focusing on agriculture to spur economic growth.
He said PF believes that by developing the agriculture sector and other key sectors of the country’s economy, poverty, hunger and underdevelopment will be effectively alleviated in line with its 2016-2021 manifesto.
Mr Mwila is accompanied by members of the central committee who include Nkandu Luo, Dorothy Kazunga and Susan Kawandami.
Meanwhile, PF Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba has condemned Amnesty International’s statement demanding for unconditional and immediate release of incarcerated United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Kamba described the statement as a mere attempt by Amnesty International to promote lawlessness and undermine the country’s judiciary.