Freeze Wynter talk now, says Kambwili

Chishimba Kambwili

PATRIOTIC Front (PF) national youth chairman Chishimba Kambwili has called for a halt on calls for party secretary general Wynter Kabimba to resign from his position for allegedly fuelling divisions before the matter can be resolved administratively by the party.
Mr Kambwili, who is Minister of Youth and Sport, has since directed PF youths to stop issuing media statements regarding the matter in order to avoid further divisions.
On Saturday, 10 party provincial heads unanimously endorsed the decision to have Mr Kabimba removed from office for allegedly failing to manage the affairs of the ruling party.
Mr Kambwili told journalists at his office in Lusaka yesterday that the issue of Mr Kabimba and the PF should now rest and be left for administrative action by the top party organs.
“I don’t want to make any comments on these political wrangles because if we continue talking, they will go on and on. I have asked everybody who is sincere with the PF to stop issuing press statements over this issue.
Added Mr Kambiwli, “I don’t want this issue to degenerate into cho chise, cho chise  (exchange of words). You can’t have one issue hitting the headlines for almost the past three weeks, it is unhealthy,” he said.
He added: “The differences will be resolved administratively…I am directing all youths to stop issuing statements to this effect.”
Mr Kambwili said disciplinary action will be taken against any youth who will disregard his directive.
“If you refuse [to follow] a directive, then you are asking for disciplinary action. You can’t continue fighting, you can’t continue exchanging words in the newspaper, it’s unhealthy,” he said.
Meanwhile, PF Lusaka district vice-chairman Julius Komaki maintained in a statement that Mr Kabimba resigns from the party in order to boost membership numbers that have allegedly dwindled because of him.
“Politics is about numbers,” said Mr Komaki.
He appealed to the PF members of the central committee to take resolutions of the Saturday provincial consultative meeting in Lusaka seriously and correct the situation.
Mr Komaki also described as sad Vice-President Guy Scott’s decision to side with Mr Kabimba at the expense of cadres and other grassroot members.
He said it is sad that Dr Scott is allegedly defending Mr Kabimba, who has allegedly divided the party over his perceived “tribal” and “indiscipline” remarks.
“We wish to remind Dr Scott that the youth protesting over Mr Kabimba’s failure to run the party are the same youths that formed this Government (PF),” he said.