PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has cancelled the Central Province Patriotic Front (PF) scheduled elections, saying all members in the region must concentrate on building a strong team ahead of next year’s elections.
And President Lungu has warned that he will not hesitate to expel all those working against the party or bringing confusion in the PF.
Speaking minutes after inspecting development projects in the newly opened Luano district, President Lungu said he was not happy that some people were creating problems for the PF by scheming to remove the sitting provincial leaders.
He said it was unfortunate that at a time like this when the party was supposed to focus on serious mobilisation, some individuals were destabilising it.
“I have decided to cancel the provincial elections in the Central Province which was supposed to take place. You will not hold those elections because they can bring more divisions as was the case after the death of President Michael Sata. So the current leadership will continue,” President Lungu said.
President Lungu said he was the only one empowered to call for elections and was wondering why some people were going all over the province to call for the removal of certain individuals.
“Some members are saying they want to be chairman. Others want to stand as MPs. You have a sitting MP already, so why do you want to disturb him? Leave Chisopa (Davis) to work and he is doing well,” he said.
President Lungu also warned against indiscipline in the party, stating that he would not hesitate to flush out bad eggs.
He said Zambia was a peaceful nation and no one among politicians should take the peace for granted.
“You should denounce tribalism because it’s our enemy number one. Don’t allow someone coming here to tell you that vote for him because he is this tribe or that tribe. Zambia is one and we are one people,” he said.
President Lungu is on a fact-finding mission in Central Province for three working days to check on various developmental projects.
So far the Head of State has had meetings with chiefs in Luano district.
Among those that attended the meetings were Senior Chief Mboloma of the Lala-speaking people, Chief Mulumbwe, Chief Kanyesha, Chief Chembe and Chief Chikupili.
President Lungu also directed the Zambia National Service ( ZNS ) to work on the roads that link the newly established Luano district to the rest of the country.
President Lungu is accompanied by his special assistant for politics Kaizer Zulu,, PF party deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri and Road Development Agency board chairperson Samuel Mukupa.