The in-fighting could cost us 2016 polls, says Kabimba

Patriotic Front –PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba has advised PF members to avoid forming parallel structures in the party.

Mr. Kabimba has also warned party members that the bickering that was currently going on in the party could cost the PF in the 2016 general elections.

ZANIS in Ndola reports that Mr Kabimba said this during the official opening of a two-day Ndola district PF consultative meeting at the Zambia International Trade Fair grounds this morning.

Mr. Kabimba said it was important that party officials understood that they have to work with the members that have been appointed or voted into office.

“My advice to you is to avoid forming parallel structures in the party, work with party members that have been appointed or voted into office, if we are not careful the current bickering that is going on in the party can cost us the 2016 general elections, “ he said.

Mr. Kabimba further called on all PF party members to exercise high levels of discipline so that they can maintain the confidence of the electorates. He said the party and its leadership does not entertain any form of violence and that any party official found wanting in that area will be dealt with by the law.

“As your Secretary General I am asking you to exercise high levels of discipline, we need a crop of leaders that are disciplined and don’t engage in any violence acts, I can assure you the President Sata I know will at no time condone or protect anyone involved in violence, you will just end up in jail,’ he said.

The PF Secretary General further advised founding PF members not to be misled by the opposition political parties that are alleging that the party leadership has forgotten about them.

“Let me tell you, I can even bet my money on this, the opposition will not win in 2016, so they have resorted to misleading and misguiding you, we know our party founders we can never forget you,” he said.

Mr Kabimba further said the practice of embracing“outsiders” at the expense of founding members of the party should be discouraged.

“The practice of bringing outsiders to supersede long standing members is wrong,’ he said.

And speaking earlier, Ndola district PF chairman George Chisulo explained that the party had embarked on a mobilization programme in the area.

Mr Chisulo said the party in Ndola district had realised that party mobilization was an on- going process and that the party was very strong on the ground as could be evidenced by the wining of all the four parliamentary seats in the district and 26 out of the 28 wards.

The conference drew participants from all the four constituencies in the district and officials from other districts in the province.