President Edgar Lungu has called for the restoration of discipline within the ruling party as lack of it is having a negative effect on its image. President Lungu says the current levels of indiscipline in the ruling PF IS worrying adding that failure to restore order will make the party unpopular at the grassroots.
The president said this when he addressed party officials at Buchi hall in Kitwe drawn from Kitwe based constituencies, last evening. He said observing discipline is the only way the party will grow and attract more members so that the needed development is delivered to people who voted them into office.
The President Lungu urged party members to desist from using social media to insult senior party officials and fellow party members. He said the party will not hesitate to take disciplinary action against any erring members found wanting. He also advised members to be tolerant with each other and find ways of reconciling their differences. He said this was a time of increasing membership and not depleting the numbers.
President Lungu also urged independent members of parliament who want to work with the PF to embrace grassroots structures as it is impossible to love the top leadership while neglecting the ordinary members. Mr. Lungu has further advised the Independent candidates to work with the PF lower structures if development is to be achieved.
President Lungu also assured the party members the party will continue empowering lower structures of party with bicycles and other resources for mobilization.
Earlier Party Secretary General Davis Mwila said as Kitwe had more voters than any other town on the Copperbelt , the area is key to ensuring that the PF retains power 2021.
He said the ruling party will remain strong and resolute to allow the opposition an opportunity to claim presence in the country’s third city.
Mr Mwila informed the president that the party has since started distributing 120 bicycles per each constituency and other party materials as way of strengthening mobilization at ward level.
The meeting was attended by senior party officials who included Copperbelt based PF members of parliament except embattled Roan Constituency MP Chishimba Kambwili.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu said that the ruling Patriotic Front party has managed to transform the country’s economy and silenced critics who thought it would fail to manage the affairs of Zambia.
President Lungu says because the party has continued to listen to the cries of the people and heeded to advice, the PF has managed to continue delivering on its electoral campaign promises to Zambians.
President Lungu said the ruling party will not let the people of Zambia down as it was in charge and has the responsibility of ensuring that it looks after the welfare of people. He said PF believes in collective wisdom, a principle which has made the party to grow and will not allow any detractors to make it loose focus.
The President was speaking in Kitwe last night during a fundraising dinner dance of the party towards construction of a provincial party headquarters complex held at Misty Gardens.
The President also cautioned the party against misusing whatever funds it will be raised but put it to good use. He said noble projects such as the one the party embarked on in the province had gone to ruins in the past because those entrusted with the resources always abuse the funds.
President Lungu warned that his leadership will not hesitate to take action against misuse of resources meant for the “ benefit of grassroots people who are the Zambians.”
And PF Provincial Party Chairperson Stephan Kainga said the purpose of the fundraising dinner dance was to raise funds which will enable the party construct a multipurpose complex to house a lodge, conference facilities, offices for the party president and provincial executive committee.
Mr. Kainga said the holding of the function is targeting to raise K10 million for the first phase of the project. He said the party will ensure it puts to good use the money raised for the sole purpose of the project.
Earlier Party Secretary General Davis Mwila reaffirmed the party’s resolution that it will continue rallying behind the leadership of President Lungu.
Mr. Mwila said PF was unshakable and remains a strong force as it is not only determined to win the 2021 elections but convincingly delivers the much needed development to Zambians.
Mr. Mwila said the party if today challenged to hold elections is ready to meet opponents and will not disappoint the people who have tasked them with the responsibility of running the affairs of the country.
The fundraising dinner dance was attended by senior party officials , members, business houses, Copperbelt based members of parliament and cabinet ministers.