PATRIOTIC Front secretary general Davies Mwila says the ruling party will not re-adopt underperforming members and unpopular candidates for the 2021 general elections.
Mwila said only “electable” candidates would be considered by the PF with President Edgar Lungu as the preferred presidential candidate.
Speaking at a media briefing in Lusaka today, Mwila said only candidates capable of delivering victory to PF will be adopted to contest on the ruling party ticket.
Mwila said the party’s
Central Committee had decided to revisit the adoption process of members of parliament, mayors and councillors to ensure that the will of the people at the grassroots was respected in the selection of candidates ahead of the 2021 general elections.
He explained that however did not mean that the party structure would be sidelined.
“We are determined to go in the 2021 general elections with popular candidates at all levels starting with his excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu as our preferred candidate. Here we have made it very clear as a party. Only those who can win us elections will be adopted,” Mwila said.
“In short, it’s only MPs who have performed will be adopted and those who want to come in are the ones who are popular. Our position is that we want popular candidates next year. If someone is not popular, he or she will be sidelined,” added Mwila.
President Edgar Lungu receives credentials of three new ambassadors to Zambia
PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has called on Diplomats accredited to Zambia to dedicate their time and energy to exploring and discovering more areas of mutual economic interest and cooperation.
Speaking when he received letter of credence from the Ambassadors accredited to Zambia, at State House yesterday, President Lungu assured the diplomats that this government is keen to develop new areas of cooperation with other countries in various sectors of mutual interest.
“I wish to heartily congratulate your Excellencies, on your appointments as Ambassadors accredited to Zambia. Allow me to accept your letters of credence,” President Lungu said.
“Your excellencies, although the world economy is still grappling with the negative effects of the covid-19 pandemic, my government is keen to develop new areas of cooperation with your respective countries in various sectors of mutual interest.”
President Lungu also assured the diplomats of his government’s support and cooperation as they carry out their duties in Zambia.
The Diplomats who presented their letters of Credence to President Lungu were: Mr. Ali Abdullah Salim Al Mahruqi, Ambassador designate of the Sultanate of Oman Mrs. Charity Charamba, Ambassador designate of the Republic of Zimbabwe Mr Francois Goldbiatt, Ambassador designate of the Republic of France.
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No Zambian trucks were torched in South Africa, says Amb. Major General Jackson Miti (Rtd)
ZAMBIA’S High Commissioner to South Africa Major General Jackson Miti says no Zambian trucks were torched in the recent spike of violent protests against foreign drivers in that country
This is according to a press statement issued by Mrs Naomi Nyawali, First Secretary Press and Public Relations at the Zambia High Commission in South Africa.
General Miti said speculations circulating on various media platforms that four trucks belonging to Zambian drivers were torched are not true.
He said during this period of violent protests, Zambian truck drivers were advised to park their trucks until the situation normalized.
General Miti said the Mission in Pretoria was making frantic efforts in ensuring the safety of Zambian drivers together with their properties
He re-echoed his advice to Zambian drivers traveling to and from South Africa to be vigilant on the roads for their safety.
General Miti has further advised the Zambian media and the public to get accurate updates on the situation from the Mission or the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to avoid being given fake news
South Africa has recently experienced an eruption of violent protests against foreign truck drivers by local drivers, the situation which has seen about 30 foreign trucks burnt in some parts of the country, particularly in KwaZulu-Natal province.