Almost all delegates arrived last night but their entrance into Mulungushi University was delayed by a rigorous security check mounted at the gate.
This caused traffic to pile up from both Kabwe and Kapiri as buses carrying delegates were jam-packed on the roadside.
For over two hours (22 hrs -midnight), delegates remained outside but peacefully mingled and chatted like a happy family.
others chose to use the moment to rest and sleep in their buses.
A team from the Central Committee and Parliamentarians took time to assure the delegates that the screening and security checks were good for the delegates and the Conference.
Spokesperson and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba who was among leaders that came to give assurances and comfort to the delegates at the gate: “We are one big family. We are determined to hold this Conference. PF will remain United despite efforts by our enemies to divide us. What divides us is nothing compared to the values that unite us”.
And independent consultant and former FODEP President, Stanley Mhango expressed hapiness at the calm and peaceful situation.
“The gloom and dark picture painted by the media could instil fear in you if you are not here. Delegates are happy, though tired and hungry because of earlier accreditation confusion. But you can see their determination to hold a peaceful conference. Mr. M’hango and his team who was found interviewing and mingling with delegates encouraged the leaders and delegates to resolve their problem using civil means.
“This is as it should be. Please use the conference not just to elect a presidential candidate but also to unite your party. What would have President Michael Sata wanted? For the party to die with him? I don’t think so. Honour his Memories. So please help the Police to maintain peace and order.”
The General Conference is expected to open this morning with the process of accreditation.
Acting President Dr. Guy Scott, Minister of Defence Edgar Lungu and Minister of Home Affairs Ngosa Simbyakula and other senior leaders are expected to arrive this morning.
Credit – Emmanuel Mwamba