Monday 17th Central Committee meeting dismays PF MPs

Members of Parliament during the opening of Parliament by President Sata on September 19,2014 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA
Members of Parliament during the opening of Parliament by President Sata on September 19,2014 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

Some Patriotic Front members of parliament (MPs) says they have learnt with dismay that a fresh central committee meeting has been called and will be held at State House on Monday 17th November 2014 to discuss a matter which in their view was already resolved.

Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka today, Luposonshi MP Chungu Bwalya has appealed to the central committee to abide its own decision made on 13th November 2014 and supported by collective will of the people expressed through themselves the democratically elected representatives.

Mr. Bwalya notes that his fellow MPs are also surprised to learn from the media that Acting President Dr. Guy Scott is reported to have scornfully and unilaterally rejected such a legitimate resolution from a legal organ of the party citing that in its place, Dr. Scott has unilaterally issued a notice for a general conference and has assigned himself the function of the secretary general by receiving purported nominations.

He stresses that in their view, the notice is clearly null and void because the said notice was issued without the authority of the central committee.

Mr. Bwalya has also disclosed that the number of members of parliament petitioning the central committee to adopt PF Secretary General Edgar Lungu as president has increased from 63 to 70.

And the MPs have threatened to suspend their payments to the party until a consensus has been reached.

In attendance was Northern Province minister who is also member of the central committee freedom Sikazwe, North western province minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu, kanchibiya MP Davies Mwango, Pambeshe MP Ronald Chitotela, Home affairs deputy minister Steven Kampyongo, Information and Broadcasting Deputy Minister Poniso Njeulu among others.





(1) The President of the Party shall be elected at the General Conference of the Party.

(2) A candidate shall indicate to the Secretary-General of the Party his intention to stand for the
Office of the President of the Party not less than one day before the date of the General Conference.

(4) The Secretary General of the Party shall submit the name or names of the candidates of the
Central Committee for consideration and where there is more than one candidate the Central Committee
may indicate support for one of the candidates.

(5) The Central Committee shall submit the name of the candidate or candidates to the National
Council for approval or disapproval.

(6) The person whose candidature for the office is not approved by the National Council shall not be
Eligible for election at the General Conference for the office of the President of the Party.