THE Patriotic Front (PF) in the Southern Province has resolved to keep an open door policy for new members wishing to join the party as it prepares to win more than 10 parliamentary seats in the 2016 elections, Provincial information and publicity secretary Brighton Luhila has said.
The decision was arrived at a meeting held on Saturday in Mazabuka called to discuss perceived internal wrangles that led to the brief suspension of Livingstone Central Member of Parliament Lawrence Evans.
Mr. Luhila told the Daily Nation in an interview that the meeting reconciled members and that they were reminded of the importance of following channels of communication to avoid misunderstandings which resulted in the suspension of Mr Evans without the blessings of the provincial committee.
He said the party in the province had adopted an open-door policy and continuous mobilization so as woo as many new members to help it garner more than 10 parliamentary seats in Southern Province where the party only has one MP.
“During a meeting in Mazabuka to iron out perceived wrangles that resulted in the brief suspension of Evans, we stressed the importance of following channels of communication. And just as our President Edgar Lungu has always stressed we have adopted an open door policy and continuous mobilization so as to woo new members to our party. You might be aware that we only have one parliamentary representative in the province but it is our belief that come 2016, we shall garner more than 10 seats in the province,” he said.
He said President Lungu’s rule has been of inclusiveness and selflessness as can be seen from high profile defections of opposition party members such as Mr. Richard Kapita from the United Party for National Development (UPND).
“The President has shown inclusiveness and selflessness in his leadership and this has attracted high profile opposition members such as Mr. Kapita from the UPND,” Mr. Luhila said.
He said the party was going to build on and consolidate what it already had and that Livingstone would always be a special place for the party.
Mr. Luhila said the PF was going to embrace and work with new members who meant well for the party because politics was all about numbers.
He said the provincial chairman Mr. Charles Hamududu hastily lifted the suspension of Mr. Evans because there was no communication within party ranks and that the move was an abrogation of the party constitution which had clear laid down rules on disciplinary procedures.
“We have a constitution as a party which must always be followed. The organ that suspended honorable Evans abrogated the constitution and that is why you saw the hasty move by the provincial chairman to lift his suspension,” he said.
Meanwhile Mr. Luhila said the PF shall always accept criticism that comes with goodwill even from those that were opposed to its rule.