EXPELLED PF member Julius Komaki says the only people who enjoy democracy in the party are those loyal to PF secretary general Davies Mwila. Komaki laughed off Mwila’s claims that PF had demonstrated to others that it was possible to lead a truly democratic and inclusive political party where all members were free to exercise their rights to choose leaders of their choice without fear or intimidation.
He insisted that Mwila had failed the party and sown undemocratic seeds in the PF.
“What kind of democracy is Mwila talking about when he does not allow free speech and freedom of expression in the party?” Komaki wondered.
Komaki along with Lusaka lawyer Kelvin Bwalya Fube have been ejected from the ruling PF for criticizing the party leadership and expressing interest to challenge President Edgar Lungu at the party convention next year, respectively.
“The only ones that are enjoying democracy in the PF are those who are loyal to Mwila, those who are not loyal are not wanted,” he said.
Komaki questioned how Mwila could claim that he was presiding over a democratic party when he had failed to organise a democratic intraparty election in Lusaka Province.
He said Mwila had even failed to organise elections at district level.
Komaki observed that it was against the tenets of democracy to appoint people who were interested in vying for provincial positions in the interim executive committee of Lusaka Province.
“He just suspended the elections and imposed people who were aspiring for the same positions in to be an interim executive committee. So these people are now fighting their opponents,” he said. “Mwila should have picked neutral people even from other provinces to supervise the elections in Lusaka if he was democratic.”
Komaki cautioned Mwila to stop saying there would be a national convention when he had failed to organise democratic regional elections.
“Besides the candidate for 2021 is already there and that is President Edgar Lungu. so those who are interested in taking over should look at 2026! Mwila has failed,” said Komaki.
Closing the Eastern Province conference last week, Mwila said PF had demonstrated to others that it was possible to lead a truly democratic and inclusive political party where all members were free to exercise their rights to choose leaders of their choice without fear or intimidation.
“I want to challenge our colleagues from other political parties, especially UPND, to emulate the example we have set as a truly democratic party. You cannot claim to be democratic when you impose yourself as a life president of the party like Hakainde Hichilema, denying the general membership the right to vote. My last born son when he was 2, 3 years, that’s when Hakainde Hichilema became president, so they have never gone to any convention, so how democratic are they? They are dictators,” he charged.
Mwila told PF members that there were no losers and winners but were all members of one family.
Mwila has indefinitely suspended the party’s provincial elections in Lusaka appointing an interim committee led by Paul Moonga.