(By Charles Tembo in Mpongwe)
THE Patriotic Front on the Copperbelt has kicked off its party mobilisation and campaigns for the 2021 general elections. Copperbelt PF chairman Nathan Chanda told party members in Mpongwe and Masaiti to be more united. Chanda handed over motorbikes for campaigns in Masaiti, Mpongwe and Lufwanyama. Chanda was in Mpongwe and Masaiti on Saturday where he handed over the motorbikes.
He said party mobilisation and campaigns were with immediate effect.
“This is part of the meetings that the new PF provincial executive is having following the party elections held in December last year. We need to support President Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the secretary general [Davies Mwila], our executive and respect the party structures. Let me congratulate Mpongwe district officials for having been elected into office from the just ended intra party elections. This is how it should be. We have come here to thank you for electing us. And the second point of our coming is to familiarise our executive with you the party officials,” Chanda said.
“Time for elections is gone and we need to be united without leaving anyone behind. As PF, we have a democratic system of electing leaders of the party. We don’t just appoint people in all positions but we go through a democratic process.”
Chanda told the party officials to start party mobilisation with immediate effect.
“In encouraging you party officials to conduct party mobilisation, we are handing over the four motorbikes that the party headquarters in Lusaka donated from President Edgar Lungu through the secretary general Mr Davies Mwila. These motorbikes are for Masaiti, Mpongwe and Lufwanyama districts. We need to work together and love each other. Let us go and mobilise the party,” Chanda said.
“Mobilisation is not for the converted PF supporters. Let us go and mobilise to those that are not in PF. We need to grow the party because politics is about numbers and have all the 13 councillors in Mpongwe belong to PF. We should work hard.”
Chanda urged the officials to explain the government developmental and empowerment programmes to the people.
“We are aware of the lies of the opposition. Here you have an opposition MP. He gets CDF just like any other MP, so you should ask him where he is taking that money. The opposition, especially the UPND, are just there to oppose everything that the PF government is doing,” he claimed.
He also said officials should learn to respect senior party members and get wisdom from them. Mpongwe district PF chairman Prestone Mpondamali said the party in Lambaland was intact.