By Nation Reporter
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) youths in Northern Province have backed Tasila Lungu for the Lusaka deputy mayoral position and have cautioned senior party leaders against bulldozing and imposing their will on the people over the matter.
And Youth in Action for Sustainable Development (YASD) said it had endorsed Tasila because she had the capacity to deliver a service that Zambians needed and that it was time for the youths to take leadership roles because they were the ones actively involved in politics.
Northern Province PF elections deputy chairperson Chibwaya Muma has told the Daily Nation that the youths in the area were uncomfortable with the way the part was handling the issue of the deputy mayor of Lusaka as the seeming dictatorial sentiments coming from some leaders had the potential to create unnecessary divisions among the party faithfuls.
He appealed to the party secretary general Davies Mwila not to bulldoze the issue but allow all those who were interested to contest be given an equal chance to be elected, adding that the youths in Kasama would rally behind Tasila because President Edgar Lungu had shown faith in working with the youths in fostering development.
“I am not comfortable with what is coming from the new SG of our beloved party over the election of Lusaka deputy mayor and people are not happy with how he is coming out strongly on some issues like the election of deputy mayors as he is dictating to us. I feel the party needs to give chance to the people who gave votes to the mayors and counsellors to choose deputy mayors.
“After that is done, the party can give the last say. The President said we need to fit in the government which consists of both the elderly and the young people to make sure it balanced. People have chosen the mayor but we now want a deputy, a person who will go beyond her line of duty and extend her service to all the people including those downtrodden in society. The majority feel Tasila is the best candidate and their will should be respected. Bulldozing things will not help us at all,” Mr. Muma said.
And YASD said it had endorsed Tasila because she had the capacity to deliver a service that Zambians needed and that it was time for the youths to take leadership roles because they were the ones actively involved in politics.
Programmes manager Zebedy Lukwesa told the Daily Nation that Tasila had shown her selflessness in the short time she had been actively involved in politics and that her sense of humour had won the hearts of many who never expected a down-to-earth child of the Head of State like her and that their faith should not be betrayed.
Mr. Lukwesa said time for the youths to take their rightful positions in politics had come and that no one should disadvantage them because they played a critical role in the development of the country.
He said there was nothing wrong with Tasila aspiring to the position of deputy mayor because she was also a politician besides being the daughter of the president and that the fact that she was from the First Family should not deter her from expressing her political ambitions.