By Staff Reporters
RULING Patriotic Front (PF) leadership is panicking over reports of an impending revolt within the party by some aggrieved members, intelligence sources have revealed.
According to intelligence operatives within PF, some senior officials within PF were aggrieved with the way the party was being run and that they were agitating for a revolt against the current PF leadership.
“The recent announcement by PF Secretary General Davies Mwila points to the same. They might have received information that some of the officials, especially at provincial level were among those that were planning a regime change within PF before the 2021 elections,” said a source.
Mwila last week announced the dissolution of Lusaka province party’s executive committee with immediate effect ahead of the April 18, elections which will usher in new office bearers. Mwila declined to give reasons for the dissolution.
But sources revealed that PF decision to dissolve its Lusaka province executive committee was part of its efforts to avert the revolt being agitated by some senior officials, some of whom held positions in the dissolved Lusaka province executive committee.
“They are seriously panicking that the agitation for regime change within PF is gaining ground. Davies Mwila’s position is among those being targeted for replacement,” revealed the sources. “These senior officials planning a regime change are targeting the convention where they intend to usher in leadership that will lead the party to the next elections. As you may be aware the college consists of officials at provincial level, hence, the clean up.”
According to the sources, the planned revolt targets all the positions of the PF central committee, the president and vice-president included, for replacement.
“They are determined because they seemed to have managed to infiltrate all the party structures. They are also determined to ensure that their colleagues take over positions wherever party elections are held to ensure the success of their plan at the convention,” said a source.
Speaking at a press briefing which was organised by party’s National Women Chairperson Jean Kapata in Lusaka, Mwila announced the set dates for party elections in different structures within Lusaka province.
“The party has made a decision that we go for party elections here in Lusaka and the decision that we have made is with immediate effect. The decision has been made that (i) the provincial committee for Lusaka is dissolved with immediate effect. So from today the provincial committee has been dissolved. Secondly, we have set dates for the elections here in Lusaka Province and the dates are as follows; (a) 18-30th April, we are going to do elections in the sections, (b) from 1st -14th May, we are going to do the branch elections; (c) 15th-26th May, we are going to do elections in all the wards, (d) 27th May to 8th June, we are going to do constituency elections, (e) on 9th- 16th June, we are going to hold elections for the districts, all the districts in Lusaka province, and (f) on 16th-30th June, we are going to have a general conference or provincial conference. That is where we are going to elect the new committee for the provincial committee for Lusaka Province,” Mwila said. “The district committees going down the constituencies, the branches, the sections will remain in office. They are the ones who are going to supervise the elections in the lower organs. So the committee that we have dissolved is the provincial committee. So that is where we are. We shall hold a meeting next week with all the district officials from all the districts in Lusaka province so that we talk about the guidelines. Who qualifies to stand in the party? So we are going to discuss with all the district officials. After that, 18th [April] we have to start the elections.”
Mwila said PF could not discipline former Foreign Affairs Minister Harry Kalaba for insulting the party because he is not a factor.
He also said that elections in other provinces would start on July 1, 2018.
“First of all, you are aware that the central committee made a decision that we start party elections on 1st July, I think you are aware. But because of the sensitivity of this province, we thought we should do it separately from other provinces. We are going to do these elections [and] that is why we are going to do it on the last day which is 30th June. 1st July, we start all the party elections in all the provinces, that is the decision that we have made,” said Mwila.