THE 2016 general election will be very competitive, therefore the Patriotic Front must begin preparing now, says PF acting Kabwe district chairman Richard Bango.
Mr Bango has called for a strategic planning meeting to be spearheaded by Kabwe Central member of Parliament James Kapyanga and his Bwacha counterpart Sydney Mushanga.
He was speaking at the Kabwe Boma hall on Saturday during a reception that was held in honour of Mr. Kapyanga after his appointment as Deputy Minister of Works and Supply.
Mr Bango told the gathering that the President had wisely awarded Mr. Kapyanga with the position because he deserved it as evidenced by his commitment to the party and his leadership skills.
He said Mr. Kapyanga had remained a loyal party member despite being a mere member of Parliament.
“The President made this appointment because you deserve it. We as members sat and wondered why you were left out since 2011 but little did we know that umukulu alelolesha (the big man was observing). You risked your position when you signed the petition in the turbulent times of the PF before President Lungu’s victory. Kindly convey our sincere appreciation to the President for this appointment,” Mr. Bango who is also Mayor of Kabwe said.
And Mr Kapyanga paid glowing tribute to the people of Kabwe for unanimously voting for PF in 2011 and 2015.
Mr Kapyanga said Kabwe was the only district in Central province to have given the PF a hundred percent victory in 2011 and the same was repeated in 2015.
“I want to thank President Edgar Lungu for having considered me for this appointment. I pledge total loyalty to him and the party but above all this victory is not mine alone but for all of you because it is you who have made me what I am today. We must pay back the President with total loyalty and make sure that we give him a resounding vote next year,” he said.
Mr. Kapyanga’s reception which was well attended by officials from the two constituencies, the district and provincial officials was characterised by songs, dances and chants of political slogans.
He earlier started by signing a visitors’ book at the provincial minister’s office, addressed party officials and later had an open meeting with all party members whom he asked to grow the party further.
“We are starting a new journey which should see us grow the party. As the two MPs, we are not here to divide structures but to unite, let us avoid bickering because we have been bickering for a long time and without unity.
We should start a new leaf which shall be free of segregation and to reward the President we must win the forthcoming Kangomba ward by election (arising from the defection to PF of MMD councillor Jasen Mzeche last week)”.
Central Province PF women chairperson Annie Kabwe Nelson and her Secretary Monica Mwale said the women will always be loyal to the party and urged Mr. Kapyanga to help in realising the PF’s vision of job creation and empowerment to the youths.