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Monday, April 26, 2021

President Lungu to go into the PF General Conference as Sole Candidate

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PF Secretary General Davies Mwila says no one has filed in for PF Presidency other than President Edgar Chagwa Lungu who officially filed in his party Presidency nomination papers at the Patriotic Front (PF) Party Secretariat in Lusaka yesterday. The PF had set Wednesday and Thursday 08:00 hours to 17:00 hours as days for members to apply for the party Presidency.

The party started receiving applications yesterday from those that wanted to contest at the General Conference in line with the PF Constitution. PF Secretary General Davies Mwila announced that anyone who wanted to stand as President needed to submit a letter of application to the Secretary General of the party from Wednesday to Thursday 17:00 hours.

The Secretary General said PF remained a democratic party and as such people were free to contest any position in the party adding that he was receiving the applications on behalf of the Party President.

And Vice President Inonge Wina has filed in nomination papers at the PF Secretariat in Lusaka today as she desired to be a PF Member of the Central Committee (MCC).
Mrs. Wina explained that she wanted to be part of the leaders that would preserve the legacy of the PF founded by late President Michael Sata and carried on by President Edgar Lungu. She commended PF Secretary General Davies Mwila and his team for holding the ruling party together.

PF Secretary General Davies Mwila explained that the position of Runningmate was a preserve of the President.

Meanwhile the PF yesterday lifted suspensions on all members that were in good standing with the Party as at 28th February, 2021. In a statement yesterday, PF National Chairperson Samuel Mukupa said the affected members must now be deemed as eligible delegates and be allowed to participate in the National Council and General Conference, respectively.

“Considering that Party unity is essential as we head into the 2021 General Elections, and in the interests of broad participation by all members in Party affairs, I hereby declare a moratorium on all disciplinary cases that have arisen from 28th February 2021 to date. In this regard, I direct that all members who were in good standing with the Party as at 28th February, 2021 be deemed as eligible delegates and; be allowed to participate in the National Council and General Conference, respectively,” he said.

Mr. Mukupa said the Party did not believe that the spirit of exclusion premised on internal wrangles must be encouraged as PF prepared to propel the Party to victory in the 2021 General Elections.

“Based on the foregoing, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the various Party organs under the able leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu for the continued growth of the Party as we continue to achieve more milestones,” the PF National Chairperson said.

Meanwhile, the PF National Chairperson said the PF Central Committee resolved to conduct the National Council Meeting and General Conference, in a manner that is sensitive to the COVID 19 pandemic.

“We have consulted the experts in the Ministry of Health who have accordingly permitted the Party to proceed with Satellite gatherings of not more than 100 persons per center,” Mr. Mukupa said.

He announced that the two meetings would be held in a virtual format with delegates participating in the National Council and General Conference, respectively through the use of modern technology in groups of 50 persons in the 20 centers throughout Zambia’s 10 provinces.

“As the Patriotic Front we have put in place systems that will ensure full participation of members in these very important meetings in line with the provisions of Article 14 of our Party Constitution,” Mr. Mukupa said.

The PF National Chairperson stated that provisions of Article 64 and Regulation 88 of the Party Constitution had since necessitated the appointment of an Independent Electoral Commission consisting of various professionals and experts tasked with the responsibility of superintending over the whole process.

He added that the move would ensure that there were high levels of transparency and fairness in the conduct of Party elections and other related business.

“As a consequence, the Independent Electoral Commission shall have the sole responsibility of accrediting delegates to the National Council and General Conference and; superintending over the Party electoral process. The Secretariat and other Party functionaries shall have the responsibility of registering delegates at the respective Party offices in the Districts hosting Satellite Centers and ensuring that all the logistics for the delegates are in place in readiness for the National Council and General Conference,” Mr. Mukupa said.

He urged members to work cordially with the independent Team of Election Officers and respect their mandate as they executed the noble assignment.

“The Party will also ensure the mandate of the Independent Electoral Commission is executed in a democratic manner free from threats of violence, dictatorial tendencies and, or practices,” Mr. Mukupa said.

31 COMMENTS

  1. So will the PF Convention totally ignore possible Petitions on ECL’s Eligibility in 2021 Elections? Could it be that Concourt has already secretly given an Undertaking to PF that ECL will be declared eligible to contest this Election in breach of the Republican Constitution? Could it be that all Petitions challenging ECL’s Eligibility at Concourt will be blocked or “dismissed ” in the same way Concourt dismissed the Presidential Petition in 2016? ECL has promised SADC, AU and other Election Observers that the 2021 Elections will be conducted in accordance with the Republican Constitution so what will happen to these Petitions if successfully filed? Does Zambia Concourt have the Courage to hear and determine these Eligibility Petitions? We shall see what gymnastics Zambia Concourt…

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  2. What happened to KBF candidacy or does this mean there’s no intra-party democracy in PF ?

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  3. Certainly some members are interested in the Presidency of the party but are scared to come out in the open. They fear being clobbered.

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  4. Time to spill the beans.? Ba KBF please tell us what happened in 2016 when you were woken up in the early hours!

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  5. FORWARD ZAMBIA
    THE UPND IS DOING NOTHING OF THE SORT, WORRIED FOR WHAT ??
    IT’S THE PATRI0TIC F00LS BLOWING MONEY FOR NOTHING INSTEAD OF ARUGUING AUGUST IS NOT FAR AWAY
    THAT’S IF IT IS HELD ??
    MARK THESE WORDS IWE

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  6. We want also good MPs in Lusaka province.
    PF please give good candidates.
    Chawama-Tasila-100% votes
    Matero-Miles Sampa 100% votes
    Kabwata -climent or mulenga or Yanga -but Lubinda would have been a best solution
    Munali-Not Sure but not Ba kandua
    Lusaka central-Magerate or lumpa
    kanyama-Not sure
    Mandevu-Maybe Shikafuswa but Jean kapata

    We don’t want in Chawama abena Shi Chalwe and Jere in Matero.If you go against our wish Lungu can get few votes in lusaka.Tasila and Miles can turn Lusaka 75% to PF.These are good sodiers on the ground.

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  7. NEWS CONFERANCE TODAY !!!!!!!!!!!!!! KBF ???
    LET THE GAME BEGIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. “The Secretary General said PF remained a democratic party and as such people were free to contest any position in the party”.
    Right, after blocking the one person who stated he would challenge Edgar Lungu for Presidency. If ECL is endorsed by EVERYONE, they should have let him challenge, but no, he was not allowed anywhere near the PF secretariat.
    Again, none of us thought he would ever be allowed to do so. We await his next move, seeing as he said he had a few plans.
    Why are PF still insisting on his candidature when there is a question on his eligibility?

  9. KBF insists that President Lungu is ineligible to contest the elections this August

    – maintains he has held office twice

    PATRIOTIC Front (PF) member Kelvin Bwalya Fube commonly known as KBF says he will not file in his papers for nomination to contest the position of party president for the ruling party.
    KBF has however maintained that President Edgar Lungu does not qualify to contest the elections as he has held office twice.
    “My elder brother President Edgar Lungu as a Lawyer knows that he doesnt qualify,” he said in a televised live press briefing.

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  10. THE PRESIDENT A LAWYER
    DIDN’T HE MISUSE A CLIENTS FUNDS ???
    JUST A QUESTION NEEDING AN ANSWER FROM SOMEONE ??

  11. PATRIOTIC Front (PF) leader President Edgar Chagwa Lungu (ECL) yesterday dissolved his Central Committee in what some political pundits say is the beginning of the end of an infamous cartel known as Luapula United.

    The Luapula United is a serious threat to President Lungu’s leadership as it has been scheming to remove him at the next elective general conference.

    Yesterday, ECL openly told some of his Central Committee members that they will not come back and wishes them good luck in their political battles. Some MCCs are currently being challenged by some aspirants.

  12. Kbf kuwayawaya fye. Very sad to see a so called educated man exhibiting signs of mental retardation.

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  13. Infact its you Kaizer Zulu is exhibiting signs of mental retardation. How do you support illegality? What KBF is right, ECL is not qualified to stand again as president of zambia. He is only qualified to people who doesn’t think beyond their stomach or a battle of jameson.

  14. KZ you make a mistake. That’s what you get when you are a corrupt PF diasporan in the UK. HH will actually be very happy that PF has stuck to Lungu, as the current president is SO unpopular in the country, that winning on August 12 will be EASY. If the PF would be smart, then they would immediately DUMP the current president: anybody but Lungu. But that’s what you get when you’re 100% corrupt: you lose sense of being clever. Thank you PF for sticking with Lungu, this GUARANTEES defeat come the elections!

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  15. @Chola. Zambia Concourt has no Courage or spine to Rule against ECL’s Eligibility. Concourt from its inception was and still is controlled by ECL and is unlikely to Rule ECL ineligible even though it is illegal and unconstitutional for ECL to stand for a Third Term. The Republican Constitution is very clear. “A person who has held Office twice is not eligible for Election as President”.ECL held Office twice and was elected and sworn in twice in 2015 and 2016 and therefore doesn’t qualify for a Third Term in 2021. However stubborn and arrogant ECL is likely to defile the Republican Constitution. Breaking the Republican Constitution has consequences. Angry and Hungry Zambians will punish ECL at the Ballot Box. Rigging the 2021 Elections after stealing a Third Term will have dire…

  16. Cisokone! Cisokone! Mark on the Frog if you do not want the candidate, or the Eagle if you want the candidate. They will put his photo on the ballot after they sort out the Constitutional Court decision.

  17. LESSONS FROM LUAPULA
    Hon. N. Chilangwa, Minister for Luapula Province, must be saluted for his exemplary leadership in driving development in this part of Zambia. Hon. Chilangwa’s leadership skills must be emulated by other Provincial leaders and thus vigorously support President Lungu’s Presidency. A crucial question to raise is: WHO, besides the notorious Brenthurst Foundation, IS FUNDING SOME OPPOSITION POLITICAL LEADERS AND TWO notable LAWYERS TO CHAMPION RETROGRESSIVE ACTIVITIES AGAINST MOTHER ZAMBIA? Currently, the biblical Mother of the “baby” called Zambia is Dr. Edgar C. Lungu.

  18. PRESIDENT LUNGU ALSO BLEACHED THE CONSTITUTION BY ALLOWING MINSTERS TO REMAIN IN OFFICE …..ZAMBIA KUWAYAWAYAFYE

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