Patriotic Front Secretary General Davies Mwila said that President Edgar Lungu is the PF Candidate for the 2021 General Elections.
Mr. Mwila has since advised members who may have ambitions for the presidency to cancel them as the party already has a candidate.
He said this during the PF provincial Fundraising Dinner for Northern Province in kasama last evening.
Mr. Mwila also reiterated that the PF will on the first of July 2018 start conducting Elections for the party structures that will build up to the General conference in 2020.
And Mr Mwila has challenged PF structures to rise above the differences that engulfed the party before the elections.
He said the party Central Committee has resolved that members who stood as independent candidates and their supporters can come back to the party but only as ordinary members.
The PF Secretary General said this is for the purpose of discipline because the party does not want to promote the mentality that it is acceptable to contest as an independent candidate without the PF Central Committee blessings.
Mr Mwila was in the province to assess the general condition of the party structures in all districts and to thank the party structures for their efforts which led to the Patriotic Front’s victory in the August 11, 2016 general Elections.
And Patriotic Front Chairperson for Mines and Minerals in the Central Committee Yamfwa Mukanga called on Party structures in Northern Province to rally behind President Edgar Chagwa Lungu as he works hard to deliver on the 2016-2021 election manifesto.
Addressing Provincial, district, constituency and branch officials in Mungwi on 26th May 2017, Hon Mukanga said President Lungu had proved himself worthy of the 2021 candidature and all structures must rally behind him without exception. He also called for loyalty and dedication to duty in the Party. “Loyalty and dedication are signs of a disciplined party. All of us as members of the party must be loyal to the leadership we have and make sacrifices. Late President Michael Sata founded this party on sacrifice and that is one attribute the party must never lose sight of”, he said.
Speaking at the same meeting, Patriotic Front Chairperson for Land and Natural Resources and the Party’s first Member of Parliament in 2001 Hon Musonda Mpankata thanked Mungwi and Malole Constituency for being a dedicated PF stronghold as demonstrated by the votes President Lungu and Vice President Inonge Wina and Patriotic Front received in the 2016 elections.
Hon Mpankata called on PF structures to mobilize and educate the electorate in Northern Province against voter apathy. “There is something Northern Province must learn from Southern Province’s voting pattern. We must aim for zero voter apathy in 2021. That is what democracy expects us to do. As structures, that is a challenge before you – we have the numbers and we must create interest in our people to fight voter apathy”, he said.
The Secretary General Mr. Davies Mwila is in Northern Province mobilizing Party structures from Wards up to the Province and to understand their challenges in recruiting new members. He winds his tour of duty tomorrow, 27th May 2017 after addressing a meeting of Party officials in Kasama District.