PATRIOTIC Front (PF) newly appointed chairperson for elections Jean Kapata has warned of stern action against members advocating the holding of a general conference to elect a presidential candidate for the 2016 general elections when the ruling party had already settled on President Edgar Lungu.
President Edgar Lungu has appointed Ms Kapata as the new elections chairperson of the PF taking over from Mpakata Musonda who has been moved to lands and natural resources.
The President has also appointed Father Frank Bwalya as chairperson for media and publicity. Fr Bwalya also confirmed the appointment.
Ms Kapata confirmed her appointment and vowed that she was not going to tolerate indiscipline in the party structures because there was no time for the ruling party to start engaging in unproductive activities such as calling for a general conference to elect a presidential candidate.
She said she would soon embark on provincial tours to check on the PF party structures so that she could orient herself with the challenges the party was facing. Ms Kapata said her immediate task would be to ensure that all the party structures were intact and ready for the general elections next year. She said as elections chairperson, she was going to make sure that the ruling was well-organised so that the 2016 general elections would be won with a landslide so that the opposition could fail to cry rigging.
“I have just been appointed PF elections chairperson and my immediate task is to make sure all the structures are intact. And let me take this opportunity to warn all those calling a general conference to elect a presidential candidate that they will not be tolerated. President Lungu has a five year mandate and we have resolved that he is our presidential candidate. If we are going to the general conference, we would only be choosing the members of the central committee. I will make sure that the general elections next year should be won by a landslide so that the opposition will not have to claim rigging,” Ms Kapata said.