DISGRUNTLED ruling Patriotic Front youths agitating for leadership change on the Copperbelt will be disciplined should they continue to bring confusion as the party prepares to go for polls, PF Secretary General Davies Chama has warned.
Mr Chama said he was aware that some PF youths on the Copperbelt wanted to bring confusion, but that they would be disciplined because those were the same youths who were removed from their positions for misconduct.
He said it was not correct to start finger-pointing when the ruling party was now stable and was concentrating on preparing for the general elections next year.
Copperbelt PF youths have called on the national leadership to replace certain provincial party officials, claiming they were ineffective and were not mobilizing the grassroots in readiness for the August Presidential and general elections.
Mr Chama advised youth to use proper channels if they were to be considered and not trying to frustrate efforts that were done by the members who were mobilising the party. The youths accused the top leadership in the province of failing to mobilise the party and had called on President Edgar Lungu to immediately investigate what was on the ground and not listen to people ‘‘who were telling lies’’.
The youths claimed that the party was losing popularity on the Copperbelt not because of the current mining challenges, but that there was no leadership to “genuinely” mobilize the party.
Mr Chama said the party had reached stability and that it was for that reason it did not go for a convention for a purpose of unity in the party.
“I was in Southern Province and some parts of the Copperbelt and I inquired, but at no time did I receive such a report from our leadership in the province; though I am aware of such complaints from youths on the Copperbelt,” he said. Mr Chama said it was incorrect to start accusing individuals who were mobilizing the party in an effort to frustrate their efforts.