PATRIOTIC Front (PF) members should be wary of vultures who were joining the ruling party with the sole purpose of influencing the adoptions process in certain constituencies or wards, (PF) Copperbelt Provincial youth secretary Binwell Mpundu has said.
And PF Kitwe District Secretary Chileshe Bweupe has said aspiring candidates conducting premature campaigns before the party could allow them to start campaigning risked their application letters being rejected by the party when the time comes.
Mr Mpundu, who is aspiring candidate for Nkana constituency, said the party should not entertain vultures who were joining the party with a lot of money so that they could be adopted in wards or constituencies of their choice.
He was speaking in an interview in Kitwe at the weekend at Shebourne Guest House after holding a cocktail party to announce his intention to aspire as a parliamentary candidate for Nkana constituency.
“Our party, the PF, should be wary of vultures who are coming in the party with a lot of money and dictating or giving conditions that they should be adopted in the constituencies or wards of their choice. PF has its own committed members who can stand and win elections, hence let us not embrace or entertain these vultures.
“So far, we have seen some people coming with a lot of money and aspiring for certain constituencies just because they have money. This is not good and it is actually demoralizing to the founder and committed members,” Mr Mpundu said.
When asked whether the cocktail where he invited other aspiring candidates and talked about himself being a good leader because he was inspired by the late President Michael Sata did not amount to campaigning, Mr Mpundu said the cocktail was not about campaigning, but announcing his intentions to aspire for Nkana constituency.
“Am a senior official of the party and I know the guidelines of the party and so i can’t go against the party guidelines which do not allow aspiring candidates to campaign when the incumbent MPs are still in office. The cocktail was just meant to announce my intentions to aspire for Nkana constituency,” he said.
But Mr Bweupe has said aspiring candidates conducting premature campaigns before the party could allow them to start campaigning risk their application letters being rejected by the party.
He said the party would not hesitate to reject application letters of aspiring candidates who were going against the party guidelines.
Mr Bweupe said the party in Kitwe would continue to monitor the activities of some aspiring candidates and those found to be destabilizing the party would face stern disciplinary action.
“As a party in Kitwe, we want to ensure that those aspiring to become MPs or councillors adhere to party guidelines. Those who are campaigning are going against the party guidelines and risk their application letters being rejected.