The Patriotic Front (PF) party in Muchinga Province has ushered in a new Provincial Executive Committee.
The new executive has been ushered in after the party held a provincial elective conference to elect new members of the executive committee in the Province.
The position of Provincial Chairperson was scooped by Davison Mung’andu after polling 132 votes, while Jane Mubanga is the Provincial Chairlady with 209 votes and Francis Kapyanga went unopposed for the position of Provincial Youth Chairperson.
The position of Provincial Treasurer was won by Mr Thomas Mutale with 285 votes beating his rival with a big margin after polling 82 votes.
And speaking during his address to the party officials after the elections held at Kapasa Makasa University Campus during the fifth Provincial Conference, PF Secretary General, Davies Mwila said the party has so far held five provincial conferences in provinces namely North- Western, Copperbelt, Central, Eastern and Muchinga in readiness for the party general conference in line with the party constitution.
He added that the party is expected to hold provincial conferences in the remaining five provinces.
The SG charged that the PF remains the only political party in Zambia that truly upholds and practices intra-party democracy as witnessed by holding of Provincial conferences for its members to choose their own leaders.
Mr Mwila further Challenged other political parties in the country to stand up to the test and prove their democratic credentials adding that a political party cannot claim to be democratic when it cannot hold elections saying that is pure dictatorship.
He emphasized that the elections held in Muchinga Province should not divide the party in the province as elections are meant to strengthen the party branches.
Mr Mwila called upon the newly elected provincial committee to embrace and work with everyone including those that contested against them.
Mr Mwila later echoed that now it is time for work since elections are over therefore, all should bury whatever differences that might have arisen from the campaigns and forge ahead as one united Patriotic Front family.
“Iam fully aware of the challenges that the party structures in Muchinga Province face in as far as party mobilization is concerned and I want to assure you that the President and my office will do everything possible to help you, ” stated the SG.
He however, called for coordination in the manner the Members of Parliament in the province are working saying he is fully aware that the working relationship among the MPs is not good.
“I urge you all the MPs in the province to develop a string working relationship in order to push the developmental agenda forward,” he added.
The Party Secretary General also directed that the Provincial committee should convene a consultative meeting with all the MPs in the province and find ways for greater collaboration and coordination for the good of the party and the province.
“As Secretary General, I will not accept passengers in the committee, therefore, everyone needs to network,” Mr Mwila charged.
He said the members of the provincial committee have been elected to work and not to hold positions, saying any member that will not perform risk being removed from his or her position.
Meanwhile, Provincial Party Resolution Committee Chairperson, Sylvia Chalikosa urged the provincial conference organization to take into consideration a number of concerns, among them, to ensure that programme activities is circulated to all districts and attach a notice of meeting 21 days before the conference and ensure that every district at least secures a provincial position on rotation basis, among others.
Ms Chalikosa further said the resolution committee has proposed that the provincial committee should prioritize the creation of the party operation plan which should have contributions from all structures in the province in terms of member and resource mobilisation, publicity and media as well as capacity building.