President Edgar Lungu has said that the Copperbelt Province has become the base for confusion in the patriotic Front Party in the recent past. The Head of State said that it was unfortunate that some party members particularly from the area felt they were powerful as they consider themselves as founders of the party.
“I am fed up of people continuing to talk behind each other’s backs and also with other People feeling they can manipulate others because they feel they belong to the party because of their old membership” President Lungu said.
He added that the party was founded on people and membership, therefore anyone can be appointed or elevated based on their loyalty and not on how long they have been in the party.
President Lungu was speaking in Ndola yesterday afternoon when he arrived at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe on the Copperbelt where he is scheduled to break grounds for the construction of the new Copperbelt International Airport tomorrow.
He has since called for an urgent meeting with all party official on the Copperbelt including Members of Parliament, the Central Committee, Mayors, and District Commissioners among other party Members to be chaired by party Secretary General Mumbi Phiri.
The President stated that the meeting will address the continued bickering among party officials in the province and address among other issues problems regarding Copperbelt Minister Bowman Lusambo, Ndola Mayor, Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili and former Copperbelt minister Mwenya Musenge.
President Lungu plane touched down at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International airport 16:13 hours aboard a presidential challenger and was received by a thunderous welcome by party members who sang songs in his praise.
He was welcomed by Copperbelt Provincial Minister Bowman Lusambo, Party Secretary General Phiri, Members of Parliament based on the Copperbelt among other Ministers and party official.
The president is in the province to break grounds for the construction of the new Copperbelt International Airport tomorrow Sunday, he is also expected to attend mass in Ndola before proceeding to Chingola were he is scheduled to break ground for the construction of the Copperbelt C400 road project.