CABINET yesterday met and agreed on a date for the presidential election.
Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services Joseph Katema said acting President Guy Scott will announce the date after consultations with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
Dr Katema, who is chief Government spokesperson, said in an interview: “It is the function of the President to announce the election date and this he will do in consultation with ECZ.”
And the Patriotic Front (PF) has invited applications from members interested to contest the election of the party president at an extraordinary general conference to be held on or before November 27.
Dr Scott also said another routine Cabinet meeting will be held on Monday after which a central committee meeting will be convened to discuss modalities on how to adopt the presidential candidate.
He was speaking at a joint press briefing with PF chairperson Inonge Wina and some members of the central committee, among them Kasama member of Parliament (MP) Geoffrey Mwamba, Southern Province minister Daniel Munkombwe and Minister of Youth and Sport Chishimba Kambwili.
Dr Scott called for unity in the PF.
And Mrs Wina dismissed media reports that Dr Scott has been expelled from the party.
Mrs Wina is concerned that over the past few weeks, members of the opposition have been issuing negative statements that the PF is dead.
She said it is normal for people to differ in opinions in democracies anywhere in the world but that they should resolve their issues at the end of it all.
“I want to assure the nation that this party is functional and today the party president has given a statement on the future of the party,” Ms Wina said.
She described as malicious media reports suggesting that Dr Scott has been expelled because the central committee meeting never took place.
She also appealed to the media to be objective in their reporting.
Meanwhile, Dr Scott is saddened by media reports suggesting that he has been expelled from the party and that there is a rift in the PF.
And Mr Kambwili has appealed to PF members to be united now that Dr Scott has called for a Cabinet meeting.
Mr Kambwili said the PF must be united and ensure a peaceful transition as the party goes for the general conference.
He also said it is not true that Dr Scott has been expelled from the party.
And according to an advertisement, the PF has invited applications from members who are interested in contesting the election of the party president at an extraordinary general conference to be held on or before November 27.
Applications should be addressed to PF secretary-general Edgar Lungu, copied to Dr Scott, and must be accompanied by a non-refundable fee of K20,000.
Zambia Daily Mail