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PF symbol cadreDIVISIONS in the ruling PF have spread to Copperbelt where district officials have refused to follow party secretary general Davies Chama’s directive to hold fresh elections.

Last month, Chama dissolved the party’s executives in Northern and Western provinces, saying the party needed to be reorganised in those regions.

But PF youths in Eastern Province have called for his immediate removal saying he has failed to lead the party.

In Ndola, some district officials have ignored Chama’s directive to hold fresh elections, showing deeper cracks in the ruling party.

According to a letter of complaint dated April 1, 2015 written by Mwansa Natuli, party officials expressed displeasure over the behaviour of some district leaders whom they accused of trying to avoid the elections.

“We are surprised that our party leaders in the district have decided to disobey the directive given by the President of our party, His Excellency Mr Edgar Lungu and the central committee, on the holding of elections in the structures of the party, starting from branches, wards and the district. Circular number 1 of 2015 issued by the secretary general, instructing to hold elections and reorganise the structures was sent to the district but they have decided that elections will not proceed,” read the letter in part.

“Following the decision by the district committee to disobey the circular from the central committee, our constituency chairmen like Mr Peter Chupa in Ndola Central have already directed the wards in their constituencies not to hold elections. This has angered our members at the grassroots.”

On Thursday, PF leaders from Ndola constituency and wards marched in protest to the district PF office to air their grievances.

But Ndola district chairman George Chisulo called for calm as he addressed the angry group.

During the address, Twapya vice-youth chairman Edmond Mulenga demanded to know why the district leadership wanted to defy the circular in preference to undemocratic processes.

“This undemocratic behaviour must not be allowed. The state needs to know how we are living; we want change in Twapya. PF is divided in Twapya; there is PF “A” and “B” but the PF we know is the one left by our father, Michael Sata. But currently, there are a lot of people who think they are very intelligent. We want change in leadership from branch level to district because we are not enjoying anything. Ubuteko bwaba father twalilwisishe nobwa ba Edgar twalilwisishe (we fought for Sata’s presidency, we also fought for Edgar’s presidency) but we are benefiting nothing,” complained Mulenga before he was ordered to keep quiet.

But Chisulo denied the allegation, saying the party needed to be careful with people who were bent on destroying it.
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