Patriotic Front Secretary General Davies Mwila says it is laughable to expect PF cadres not to comment on policy issues because Cabinet was formed from the party.
And Mwila has insisted that the party will not re-adopt non performing members of parliament to re-contest the 2021 general elections.
According to a statement issued by PF deputy media director Antonio Mwanza, Mwila was speaking in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province when he officially flagged off the PF intra-party elections in the province, Saturday.
“The government we have today is a PF government. This government was formed by the PF. The policies that this government is implementing are PF policies as prescribed in the PF manifesto. So to claim that PF cadres and officials have no right to comment on policy matters is laughable to say the least. Why should the owners of the policies be denied the right to comment on the policies that they themselves crafted?” Mwila asked.
And Mwila insisted that the party will not re-adopt non performing members of parliament to re-contest the 2021 general elections.
“Members of Parliament who have not performed to the expectation of the party will not be re-adopted to recontest their seats in the 2021 general elections. The people elected you Members of Parliament to deliver development by effectively representing your constituencies by voicing out their concerns and help in crafting solutions and as a party that is committed to development, we shall not re-adopt any MP who has failed to deliver,” Mwila said.
Mwila asked party officials to desist from undermining sitting members of parliament.
“I am aware that there are some individuals who are undermining sitting MPs in order to de-campaign them. These confusions are being spearheaded by individuals who are aspiring to take over as MPs in named constituencies in the next general elections. I want to warn all those who are undermining and de-campaigning our sitting parliamentarians that the party will take disciplinary action against you. This is not time for campaigns, it’s time for work. So allow MPs space to discharge their duties without duress,” he said.
“The party shall not hesitate to flush out anyone who goes against this directive.”
He called upon all party members to unite and focus on strengthening the party instead of fighting each other as they were members of the same family.
“When I heard the provincial chairman speak, my heart was grieving because I was reminded of how far we have come as a party. When I look back at 2002 through to 2004 I am reminded of how difficult it was to sell the PF because at that time people did not believe in us. And today we have people who came yesterday and are busy championing themselves as owners of the party; they are bullying others. These people have a detestable sense of self importance. We must remember that for the party to grow, we must all treat each other with respect and fairness. This party belongs to everyone who is a member and all members must be treated equally. We must form a lot of branches because the strength of the Party lies in the number of branches”, said Mwila.
The Secretary General was accompanied by PF MPs from Muchinga Province, Members of the Central Committee and other senior party officials.