‘Masebo causing confusion in Chongwe’

Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo has been accused of creating parallel structure and promoting anarchy within the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in Chongwe constituency.

Chongwe constituency chairman Oliver Kachepa told the Daily Nation that he was surprised to hear Ms Masebo claim in Parliament that she did not condone violence when she was the one fueling divisions in the constituency and the party.

Mr Kachepa alleged that the MP was leading a parallel structure in her constituency and there were party members undermining the authority of elected leaders in the constituency.

He alleged that some party offi cials were being encouraged to disobey orders from the current constituency executive because they are believed to be aligned to a faction that was fighting Edgar Lungu, the PF new secretary general.

He explained that he was among the PF leaders that were suspended by former secretary general Wynter Kabimba for one year six months and that the suspensions were lifted immediately after Mr Kabimba was dropped as SG.

He alleged that since he went back to his office as chairperson, Ms Masebo had been making his work difficult and party members did not attend any meetings he called.

“As Chongwe PF members we are surprised that Ms Masebo was saying in Parliament that she disliked violence.

This has come with shock because there is anarchy within the party and division have increased in Chongwe. Our MP is in the forefront of destabilising the Patriotic Front by asking those that were acting during our suspension not to surrender their positions and recognise the elected leadership.

He said Ms Masebo had been sending text messages to members she did not liking the current leadership, adding that the former tourism minister had ignored advice from Lusaka Province PF chairman Geoffrey Chumbwe  that she recognize the executive.

“ We know she has been holding dark corner meetings where she has been asking her supporters not to attend an event or meeting that we organise and because of this violence in PF Chongwe structures will never end,” Mr Kachepa said.

Efforts to get Ms Masebo failed as she did not answer all the calls and a text message sent to her was not responded to.