Kalaba calls for discipline
Nchelenge, June 14, 2013, ZANIS…The Deputy Minister in the office of the Vice President Harry Kalaba has expressed his disgust at some disgruntled PF cadres in Nchelenge who matched to the district commissioner’s office on Tuesday.
Mr. Kalaba yesterday urged the party members to desist from squabbles and work together to strengthen the party and foster development in the area.
He reminded the people of Nchelenge that in September, 2011 they voted for the PF to be in charge of Zambia’s development agenda.
“On 20th September, 2011 you voted en-masse to usher in the Patriotic Front (PF) government in order to initialize development for all Zambians,” he said.
Mr Kalaba who is also PF Bahati Constituency Member of Parliament observed that the in-fighting and divisions within the party can scare away potential investors and derail the PF government’s development agenda.
Mr. Kalaba was speaking at Nchelenge airstrip when he made a stopover on his way to Kilwa Island on Lake Mweru in Nchelenge district province where he was scheduled to flag off the distribution of relief maize.
He was accompanied by Luapula province Minister General Benson Kapaya, Nchelenge Member of Parliament (MP) Raymond Mpundu and Luapula province deputy permanent secretary Joyce Nsamba.
Scores of PF cadres in Nchelenge district matched to the district administration offices and demanded to be addressed by the district commissioner Royd Chakaba.
The cadres accused the area Member of Parliament Raymond Mpundu of neglect and that a few of his loyalists are conniving and selling the fertilizer that has just been delivered for the vulnerable people in the area.
The cadres who carried placards demanding for the resignation of the entire elective council are also accusing Luapula province minister General Benson Kapaya of high jacking the tarring of township roads in Nchelenge to his constituency in Chiengi.
However, Mr. Kalaba said the party knows the people who are fuelling the confusion in Nchelenge constituency and wondered why one position can have two people.
“We are aware that some positions like that of the district party chairperson are held by two people and the PF provincial executive committee must move in quickly to resolve this anomaly,” he said.
He further accused the opposition elements from Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) of engineering some spates of anarchy in the PF.
Mr. Kalaba has called for selflessness within the party and urged the members to cooperate and embrace the PF developmental initiatives in the area.
Meanwhile, Nchelenge Constituency MP Raymond Mpundu has refuted allegations by some PF cadres that he has neglected the electorates.
Mr. Mpundu said the allegations that he has neglected the people were unfortunate and regrettable.
He explained that his absence from the constituency is as a result of the busy parliamentary schedule and other constitutional engagements.
The MP also dismissed the allegations that Luapula Province Minister General Benson Kapaya has high jacked the tarring of township roads in Nchelenge for his Constituency in Chiengi as false.
He said the tarring of township roads in Nchelenge will be done in the second phase because of financial constraints that the government is facing.
And Luapula province minister General Benson Kapaya said the demonstrations in Nchelenge were unusual.
General Kapaya said the people of Nchelenge are peaceful and the PF party believe in the power of reason and wondered why people opted to engage in demonstrations.
“Selfish people are cheating you that the provincial minister has diverted some developmental projects to his constituency,” he charged.
He urged the people of Nchelenge to be patient and allow the PF government to implement its developmental agenda.