PF divisions spread

Divisions in the Patriotic Front have emerged on the Copperbelt with some officials threatening to remove district commissioners and party members believed to have been working against the ruling party.

A group led by PF Mufulira district chairman Brian Mulilo says it wants to get rid of all those it suspects to be working against the party manifesto.

Mr Mulilo told the Daily Nation that some party officials that included the district commissioners, Members of Parliament and other senior party officials appeared to have been encouraging and supporting some members to bring confusion in the party.

“We are the ones who are on the ground and we know these people and we should make sure they leave the party before we start following them one by one. We are aware that they want to frustrate the efforts of others and we will deal with them, especially here on the Copperbelt,” he said.

Mr Mulilo said members of the PF central committee in the province have written to the relevant authority in the party seeking audience so that such people were dealt with decisively.

He said some DCs were rejected by party members because they were politically appointed and not chosen on merit basis.

Mr Mulilo said there was no need for the party officials to pretend any more when things were not working according to expectations in the ruling party, adding that they were people fermenting divisions.

He said it was disturbing that some few people within the party were frustrating the efforts of the majority, adding that some members wanted to appear as if they were loyal to the party when they were the same people busy leaking information to the public.

“How can you expect the party to perform well when we have  people within ourselves doing things contrary to laid down procedures, and we are asking the secretary general, Mr Edgar Lungu to watch out for such people  because we believe it is the reason why information is leaked unnecessarily because some people have their own agenda,” he said.Mr Mulilo said they were camps in the ruling party, adding that it was shameful that some senior leaders wanted to position themselves unnecessarily.

He said that the presidency of the party must be respected by all, adding that anyone who wanted to be a president must follow the right procedure, and not bring confusion in the party.

On Monday, some PF cadres suspected of being supporters of dismissed PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba were roughed up and beaten in Livingstone as intra-party violence rocked the council chamber.

The cadres fought in the presence of newly-appointed PF secretary general Mr Lungu, PF Southern Province chairman Daniel Munkombwe and Livingstone Member of Parliament Lawrence Evans who could not hide his emotions and wept uncontrollably.

Mr Lungu was forced to cancel the meeting prematurely.