Kabwe district commissioner Patrick Chishala has resigned from his position in line with the directive by President Edgar Lungu to civil servants who have applied to contest elections to step down or withdraw their applications.
During a press briefing at Kabwe Hindu hall on Thursday, Mr. Chishala said that he was prompted to take the decision so as to heed the President’s advice and after consulting with several people and organisations who requested him to contest the seat.
“After having consulted my family and other members of the public and in view of the directive given by his Excellency the President I am hereby informing you that I have resigned and from now on I will pursue my political aspirations for Kabwe Central constituency as MP”, he said.
Mr. Chishala also called on other aspirants to desist from politics of name calling and character assassination because they were all from PF. He further told the gathering not to be cheated by some “unscrupulous” people that they had been endorsed by President Edgar Lungu because the Head of State was a believer in democracy and would allow it to prevail in adoptions in Kabwe. And Mr. Chishala said that if adopted and elected MP, he would ensure that the MP’s office was accessible by relocating it from first floor Chitanda House to a ground floor in any building so that it could be accessed by anyone. He also said that during his tenure as DC he had seen the implementation of several projects like the expansion of the Great North Road, the building of a district hospital and many other projects but had challenges because some projects, by design, were under the council or area MP.
Mr. Chishala, who is also the patron of the Bus and Taxi Drivers Association of Zambia (BTDAZ) said that he would continue with his leadership style of engaging stakeholders. Earlier Mr. Chishala told the gathering that after being granted a permit to hold the meeting, last night he was phoned and told to call it off because of alleged violence but after consultations and discussions, the decision was rescinded.