The debate about the Patriotic Front’s (PF) Presidential candidate in the 2016 tripartite elections is over because President Sata will run for a second term, Vice-President Guy Scott has said.
“In 2016, Michael Sata no change… anyone who is saying that they will reward you is telling lies. There is no one who has been endorsed by the President, the Vice-President or the election chairperson who in this case is Ms Sylvia Masebo,” Dr Scott said.
He said this in Ndola yesterday when he opened the PF Copperbelt provincial conference which will choose new office bearers.
Dr Scott said the leadership on the Copperbelt must have the drive to help the ruling party, led by President Sata, win the 2016 tripartite elections.
He urged PF leaders in the province to render selfless service without expecting any payment as their collective effort will be for the benefit of the whole country.
Dr Scott called on party members to remain disciplined and “do the right thing” for the party and the country.
He said that the PF wants the Copperbelt to govern itself and people should not thrive on lies.
He said there is no one in the PF, who was not brought in by President Sata and this must be respected.
And Ms Masebo, who has been in the province since Thursday, said she has not experienced any intra-party violence in the run-up to the conference.
“We ensured that the atmosphere is free and fair,” she said.
Ms Masebo said the party is strong on the Copperbelt which contributed significantly to getting the PF into Government.
Meanwhile, voting for the PF provincial executive committee kicked off late and saw Wusakile MP Richard Musukwa battling it out against Stardy Mwale for the position of provincial chairman.
The vice chairman position attracted Menyani Zulu, Steven Kainga, and Newton Chabala while in the women’s category Hildah Kawesha, Selita Shanga, Agness Chomba, Beauty Daka, and Mary Banda were jostling for the chairlady post.
Other candidates were Dorothy Chimpimpi, Annie Nicho, and Mwansa Jordan who were vying for the position of vice chairlady.
In the youths contest, John Kalyati, Evans Sithiya, and Luanshya Mayor Nathan Chishimba were eyeing the provincial youth chairmanship slot while the position of vice youth chairman was a two horse race between Thomson Ngulube and Albert Bwalya.