ONLY genuine Patriotic Front members in good standing with the party will be considered to contest the Chawama Constituency parliamentary by-election slated for April this year, says PF secretary general Davis Chama.
In an interview yesterday, Mr. Chama said the PF would only consider members of the party in good standing.
He said the PF was reorganizing and preparing for 2016 and therefore, genuine members should be considered for such positions or opportunities.
“The PF will contest the Chawama constituency parliamentary seat which fell vacant after member of Parliament Edgar Lungu was elected Head of State. We want to retain that seat because it is ours. It is a PF seat,” said Mr. Chama.
He said the PF would consider a candidate who understood the PF manifesto in an effort to fight poverty and underdevelopment.
Mr Chama said the party’s focus now was to consolidate and mobilise members at grassroots for 2016 through working with members of Parliament, councillors and the general membership from the branch, ward, constituency and district before reaching the provinces and the nation.
And Mr. Chama has advised PF members interested in contesting the Chawama seat to follow procedure.
He said it was disturbing that some members of the PF have already started campaigning before a candidate was selected by the party structures.
“One thing is that the party has not yet identified a candidate, as you know the seat was just declared vacant the other day by the Electoral Commission of Zambia and we have not endorsed anyone,” said Mr. Chama.
He said early campaigns if not stopped would fuel problems for the party.
“We need unity, so people should stop sending people to start campaigning. No one has been adopted. The PF has not yet adopted anyone. Take this as an official advice,” said Mr. Chama.
Meanwhile, over seven Chawama PF party officials among them three councillors have shown interest to contest the Chawama parliamentary by-election.