THE Patriotic Front (PF) youths in Mufulira have demanded for the removal of Mufulira Town Clerk Nsakanya Changwe as returning officer for the district in the August elections because he is allegedly against the ruling party.
The youths have written to the police and the District Commissioner (DC) Hilda Mwansa notifying them about the intended demonstration against the town clerk who allegedly ordered the removal of PF campaign flags in the district.
PF district mobilisation team leader Kelvin Mwilu told the Daily Nation that the town clerk allegedly instructed Mufulira fire brigade team to remove all the PF chitenge flags in the districts, but leaving those of other parties.
“Therefore, we are notifying the PF youths and the mobilisation teams that we will on Monday next week march to the civic centre and lock the town clerk’s office until he steps down as returning officer for Mufulira because he appears to be taking sides.
‘‘Why is it that only our materials were removed while those for others were left? That is the reason why we have written to relevant authorities so that we demonstrate over the incident,” he said.
Mr Mwilu said all the PF flags were removed from market places, bus stops and street lights.
“It has come to our knowledge that the Town Clerk of Mufulira has instructed fire brigade section at Mufulira municipal council to remove all PF party chitenges and regalia that have been put on streets lights, market places and bus stops,” read part of the letter.
He alleged that such a move was evident enough that the Town Clerk was working against the ruling party and making it difficult for the mobilisation team to work accordingly.
Mr Mwilu said it would be fair if the Town Clerk was removed or transferred to other areas immediately.
And Mufulira District Commissioner Hilda Mwansa could not comment and referred all queries to the Copperbelt permanent secretary who could not be reached.
The Town clerk Nsakanya Changwe could not be reached for a comment.