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PF intact, says Bwalya

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PRISCILLA MWILA, Lusaka
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya says his party remains united and will not fall prey to outside forces bent on fuelling divisions.
Mr Bwalya said PF members are allowed to express their opinions on matters of national interest but that not everyone is allowed to officially speak on behalf of the party.
He said this when he featured on Radio Phoenix’s ‘Let the People Talk’ programme yesterday.
“Democracy thrives when people are allowed to express divergent views on various issues. PF members can comment on national matters but only a few are allowed to articulate official positions of the party,” Mr Bwalya said.
He said as spokesperson of the party, he usually consults senior leaders before speaking and that he does not issue statements anyhow.
Mr Bwalya said there is no division in the PF and that it is not immune to misunderstandings as it is the biggest political party in Zambia with a large membership.
PF media and publicity committee vice chairperson Sunday Chanda was on Monday quoted in the Daily Nation newspaper as saying United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema and former proprietor of the defunct Post Newspapers Fred M’membe are actively encouraging divisions in the PF in preparation for the 2021 elections.
And Mr Bwalya said some PF members have commented on some of the decisions of the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) because it is open to criticism.
He said opinions made by party members do not represent the official position of the PF.
Mr Bwalya said he is happy that both Roan member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili and Luanshya mayor Nathan Chanda are willing to reconcile over their differences.
He urged PF members to remain united and peaceful and continue supporting President Lungu.
The PF central committee has directed that a team to be headed by party vice-president Inonge Wina be set up to facilitate reconciliation between the two leaders who have been locked in a bitter feud since the adoptions for last year’s general election.




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