Mbala District Patriotic Front chairperson Matildah Lungu official has refuted Constituency Chairperson, Justine Chitala’s media statement that the party does not want Margaret Mwanakatwe as 2016 parliamentary candidate.
Mrs. Lungu says Mr. Chitala’s media statement that the PF party is not interested in the candidature of Mrs. Mwanakatwe is untrue.
She said in an interview with ZANIS in Mblala District yesterday that the party’s position on the matter is not to discriminate against anyone expressing interest to contest the parliamentary seat.
Flanked by district Information and Publicity Secretary, Nicholas Musonda , the Chairperson defended Chief Zombe’s sentiment about the feeling of people of Mbala to support the candidature of Mrs. Mwanakatwe , ,who is also Commerce Minister , saying the traditional leader is entitled to his opinion.
Mrs. Lungu said Mr. Chitala’s reaction against Chief Zombe’s media report that the people of Mbala are in favour of the candidature of Mrs. Mwanakatwe for 2016 Mbala parliamentary seat is a gross indiscipline because he did not consult widely from top leadership.
The district chairperson said the party has not yet sat to discuss the adoption process of any candidate adding that it is premature for Mbala Constituency chairperson to start talking about it in the media.
In reaction to Chief Zombe’s claim that the people of Mbala want Mrs. Mwanakatwe to contest for the Mbala parliament seat on PF ticket, Mr. Chitala said the party in the district does not favour her candidature.