The Patriotic Front Youth Provincial Chairperson in Central Province Moses Chilando has warned Kabwe Central Member of Parliament Hon Tutwa Ngulube against antagonizing Party structures in the Province. He has further asked Hon Ngulube to desist from issuing disparaging remarks as he does not represent any structure in the ruling Party.
“We find it totally unacceptable that a Junior member of the Party such as Hon Tutwa Ngulube should take to the media to attack the Secretary General of the Party and National Youth Chairperson, who are both members of the Central Committee. It is a lie that he was elected at the General Conference – in what capacity and under which provision of the Party Constitution does he continue to hold that position as Returning Officer? Further we wish to warn Hon Ngulube to stop masquerading as PF legal Counsel because he no longer serves in that position as he rightfully knows. It is unbefitting of lawyers to create distortions as he is doing in the media. The last General Conference only elected President Edgar Lungu as Party President and Hon Tutwa played the role of returning officer which is not a permanent structured position in the Party. That role ended with the election of the Party President and it’s beneath the conduct of Counsel to create wrong impressions in the public space”, said Mr. Chilando.
The Central Province Youth leader has also wondered how Hon Ngulube could question the powers of the Secretary General of the Party who is also Chief Executive Officer of the organization in removing him from his role as Legal Counsel. He said it is common knowledge that services such as legal are engaged by the Party through the Secretary General. “While the MP is speaking the same language as his preferred candidate for the Party Presidency, Article 56 of the Party Constitution is very clear about the powers of the Secretary General and as such we find the behaviour of Hon Tutwa Ngulube unbecoming and totally unacceptable.
It is indiscipline for an ordinary member of the Party such as Hon Ngulube to conduct himself in the manner he has done against Central Committee Members. It borders on gross indiscipline which the Provincial Executive Committee of the Party should not tolerate. We are hereby calling on the Provincial Executive Committee to take interest in this matter and instil discipline”, he has said.
Central Province Youth Chairperson has clarified that the Secretary General and National Youth Chairperson were simply reaffirming what the PF structures have demanded for without exception. “We wish to also make clear that the Secretary General and National Youth Chairperson reaffirmed what has been demanded for by the structures of the Party as the Chief Executive Officer has been touring the Provinces, having done seven out of 10 Provinces so far. We are alive to the matter before the Courts and its common sense that what is before the Courts is the question of Republican President and not Party President. Unless and until the Courts rule otherwise, the Party structures have said that they endorsed President Lungu for the 2020 Party General Conference and as the subsequent Candidate in the 2021 elections”, Mr. Chilando clarified.