President Edgar Lungu says he fears that the ruling PF might lose its traditional stronghold, the Copperbelt if it does not do certain things right.
Addressing an internal meeting of the party’s presidential leadership at the Presidential Guesthouse in Kitwe, President Lungu said the Copperbelt is a very sensitive place of the ruling party.
President Lungu called for unity among all party structures if the party is to win the August elections.
He appealed to those hoping to stand on the party’s ticket not to ditch the PF when they are not adopted by the party.
President Lungu said true loyalty to the party is tested when members who were not adopted opt to stay and campaign for those that have been adopted to represent the party.
“The Copperbelt is a very sensitive place for us, if we do wrong things, we end up damaging the name of the party and who are the losers, it’s the party,” he warned.
He added, “If you are a sincere member of the party, it is important that you stay within the party and support whoever is picked by the party. This should not be the time to say that since I am not adopted, let me go and disturb things,” said President Lungu.
President Lungu also used the occasion to urge the provincial leadership to condemn political violence.
“The issue of violence in the political arena is of grave interest and of a serious nature to all of us, I am glad that you have vowed to say that no to violence, Zambians want peace. In the UNIP era, we had the Vigilante and they are the ones who made KK lose because Zambians just hated that system. Came the MMD and people realised that they also started the same UNIP systems and people lost interest. It would be foolish for us to start the same things in just five years,” President Lungu said.
He added, “People want peace but we can protect our officials, let’s get the youths involved to protect our women so that they are not roughed up by other people. So as leaders, we can inculcate these values and continue preaching teaching people that there is no need for violence and that is how Zambians will give us the support.”
“In this respect, let me point out that the Church is also very important, for us you are lucky to be believers, we should embrace this even within the party we cannot be Christian outside and when we come inside the party we become different animals.”
Meanwhile, PF Copperbelt Provincial Chairman Stephen Kainga assured President Lungu that the party on the Copper belt is intact.
Mr Kainga also told President Lungu that the provincial leadership of the PF has embarked on an ambitious voter recruitment by creating more party structures.
He further assured President Lungu that the PF on the Copperbelt will give him the much needed 50+ 1 victory in the August 11th 2016 polls.