PF battle ground: Western Province endorse Miles Sampa
The Patriotic Front in Western Province has unanimously endorsed Matero Member of Parliament and Commerce Deputy Minister Miles Sampa for party presidency.
Addressing the media today, Patriotic Front Western Province Chairman and Member of the PF Central Committee Kenneth Namutulo said the ruling party should without fail follow laid down procedures enshrined in the constitution regarding the presidency of the party.
Mr. Namutulo said the party should hold a national convention where PF members will elect a leader to field in the fourth coming presidential elections following the demise of the Party’s founder Mr Michael Sata.
He said the central committee does not have powers to elect a candidate but that the power is in the PF membership who should elect its leader at a general conference.
Mr. Namutulo explained that the patriotic front in Western Province has settled for a youthful and hardworking leader in the name of Miles Sampa.
He said after analysing those with interest to contest on the party ticket, Western Province settled for Mr Sampa because he is hardworking as can be seen by the development in his constituency.
He said the province however supports acting president Guy Scott.
And in an interview with ZANIS, Western Province Information Publicity Secretary Maxi Kasabi and Provincial Publicity Secretary Child Liboma said the entire province want to field Mr Sampa so that he can continue with the developmental activities left by President Michael Sata.
All the 16 districts in the province together with the PF leadership and all counsellors have endorsed Miles Sampa.
PF Chinsali endorse Lungu for presidency
The Patriotic Front (PF) in Chinsali District of Muchinga Province has endorsed Edgar Lungu as PF candidate in the fourth coming presidential by-election.
The PF members who took to the streets of Chinsali town this morning singing songs of solidarity and chanting slogans in favour of Mr Lungu said they will rally behind the party Secretary General as a person to take over from President Michael Sata who was put to rest yesterday at Embassy Park.
PF Chinsali District Chairperson Janet Mulonga said the PF in the district want Mr. Lungu to stand for presidency in the by-election scheduled for next year.
Ms Mulonga said the late head of state left the blessings and power in the hands of Mr Lungu because of the trust he had in him.
She has since appealed to the National Executive Committee (NEC) to follow what the party members want by selecting Mr Lungu as the suitable candidate to stand on the PF ticket.
And PF Chinsali Central Constituency Chairperson Richard Chanda said the party in the district wants Mr. Lungu to continue from where the President left him and prove to the people of Zambia that indeed President Sata was not wrong to appoint him to act as president on several occasions.
Mr Chanda has since urged the PF leadership at national level to be united and ensure that the person they will select will not fail but keep up the good works that President Sata has left behind.