PF Secretary General Davies Mwila says he will not continue protecting members of parliament under his party ticket who continue shunning his meetings whenever he visits their regions.
In March this year, Mwila fired Malole member of parliament Christopher Yaluma from the Central Committee as well as from his position as party chairperson for Mines, on grounds that the official was not attending party meetings.
When he met party officials on the Copperbelt Province at Moba Hotel in Kitwe, Sunday, Mwila noted that some members of parliament had shunned his meeting and could not hide his displeasure and warned that MPs who deliberately choose to stay away from his meetings were undermining the the party organ that adopts parliamentary candidates.
“Mr Chairman, I am worried that your members of Parliament are not here. Any individual member of Parliament or Councillor must associate with the party! And when you call for a meeting provincial chairman, all members of parliament should be in attendance, especially that parliament is not in session. If they do not attend these meetings, then they have forsaken the party. It ends there. How many times am I going to protect them? Naine ndi muntu nkanaka(I’m also just a human, I will get tired,” Mwila said.
Mwila warned his MPs to remember that it was the same structures they are disrespecting today which had the mandate to recommend their re-adoption in 2021.
“Members of parliament must attend party meetings all the time. Not just Councillors. Both MPs and councillors were adopted by the structures. MPs have to respect the structures because in 2021, it is the structures that will need to recommend them and I am the one who is the official recipient of all applications for adoption. Yes, some of them deliver but fail to respect the party,” warned Mwila.
According to Smart Eagles, only five Copperbelt PF members of Parliament attended the provincial mobilisation exercise namely; Mufulira Central’s Evans Chibanda, Luanshya Central’s Steven Chungu, Chililabombwe’s Richard Musukwa, Kankoyo’s Brian Mushimba, and Nchanga’s Chali Chilombo while Kwacha member of parliament Joe Malanji had sought permission to miss.
Meanwhile, PF Chairman for Mobilisation Musukwa said he would not allow individuals like NDC leader Chishimba Kambwili to continue insulting President Edgar Lungu.
Musukwa warned all former PF members to desist from insulting the PF leadership adding that there was no reason to remain frustrated when the party was willing to embrace them.
And speaking earlier, PF elections chairperson Yamfwa Mukanga called on party members on the Copperbelt to mobilize the region and be counted.