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Central PF official urges tolerance of divergent views

CENTRAL Province PF chairperson Chanda Mutale says there is need to embrace divergent views.

In a speech read for him by PF Central Province youth chairman Kenneth Mulwanda during a joint community development committee come together party at Kapiri Mposhi council lodge, Mutale observed that democracy was about embracing divergent views from different individuals.

“When we hold different opinions, it doesn’t mean that we should differ and resort to political violence. There’s need for us to embrace divergent views in a democratic dispensation,” Mutale, who is also ruling PF Chitambo member of parliament, said. “And we should reject political leaders that can easily divide the country.”

He also said President Edgar Lungu was a visionary and selfless leader who was committed to delivering development to all parts of the country.

“The Patriotic Front, under the able leadership of His Excellence President Edgar Lungu, has a development agenda and is in a hurry to deliver on its campaign promises,” Mutale said. “President Edgar Lungu is a visionary and selfless leader who is committed to take development to all parts of the country. Therefore, we should not allow detractors to sway the PF from accelerating the party’s development agenda.”

The Chitambo legislator further prodded civil servants in Central Province to be loyal to the government of the day.

Speaking at the same event, PF Kapiri Mposhi district chairman Bwalya Nkula urged the ward development committees to be action oriented.

“For once, I personally want to be likened to a doubting Thomas. I want to see a situation where projects initiated by the community development committees are implemented and completed. We do not want to see projects being implemented become white elephants. Your words should match with actions,”

said Nkula.

Patriotic Front Kapiri Mposhi constituency chairperson Godfrey Chanda Kangwa advised the ward development committees not to interfere in the operations of political party structures.

“It must be made clear that the recently established ward development committees and the community development committees are not above political party structures. According to the decentralisation policy, these ward development committees are part of the local government established structures and should not interfere in the operations of political party structures,”

said Kangwa.

“You need to be disciplined and observe protocol.”

Central ward councillor Simon Musonda explained that the recently established ward development committees had started bearing fruits. The civic leader expressed optimism that with the current crop of committed staff at the district council, the set projects would be executed efficiently and effectively.

He disclosed that K50,000 ward development fund had been released to each ward for projects implementation.

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