Scores of Lusaka District Patriotic Front (PF) cadres yesterday marched to State House to present a petition to President Michael Sata in which they outlined a number of demands.
The cadres drawn from all the constituencies in Lusaka district and from Kafue marched from their Lusaka District offices in the town centre to State House.
The cadres were however blocked from reaching State House at the junction of President’s Lane and Independence Avenue where they were addressed by Home Affairs Deputy minister Steven Kampyongo who was accompanied by party deputy Secretary General Bridget Atanga.
Lusaka District Interim secretary Julius Komaki who led the over 300 cadres said in an interview that among the demands was that party Secretary General Wynter Kabimba should step down.
“Our action today is to reinforce our earlier demand by adding voice and gravity to it, for Mr Kabimba to step down from the party, for failing to run the affairs in a proper manner,” he said.
He said the cadres were also outraged by the recent remarks attributed to Mr Kabimba who referred to them as hired strict kids.
Mr Komoki said they were not street kids but genuine members of the party from seven constituencies and 33 wards in Lusaka district.
“We have not been hired by anyone to rise against Mr Kabimba. We are genuine members of the PF from seven constituencies in Lusaka and 33 wards, we want him to step down because he is not managing the affairs of the party in a proper manner,” he said.
Mr Kampyongo advised them to disperse and assured them that their demands would be tabled in the Cabinet and Central Committee meeting which was going on and chaired by the party president.
“The members of the Central Committee are currently holding a meeting and your issue will be tabled and you will be informed of the outcome.
For now return to your various places and you will be informed of the outcome,” he said.
Meanwhile, in Chinsali PF cadres carried out a peaceful demonstration in support of Mr Sata’s endorsement for 2016 and the removal of Mr Kabimba.