THE Patriotic Front (PF) central committee meeting has approved a budget of K5.7 million for holding its constitutional and extra-ordinary general conference on July 29 and October 28 respectively.
The decision comes after its planning committee headed by the national party chairperson, Davies Chama presented a full report, proposed logistics and road map for the holding of both the constitutional and extra-ordinary general conferences.
In a statement issued by member of the central committee and chairperson for information and publicity Raphael Nakacinda, the party also approved plans for the constitutional conference to be held on the proposed date of Saturday 29th July,2023.
Mr Nakachinda said the constitutional conference will be held under a hybrid arrangement where it will be both an in-person and virtual conference.
“The central committee also approved plans and structure of delegates to attend the extra-ordinary general conference to elect a new party president.
The central committee meeting also adopted the proposed date of 28th October, 2023 on which the extra-ordinary general conference will be held,” he said.
Mr Nakachinda said a proposed budget of K5.7million has also been approved, adding that the committee also established the fundraising committee and approved appointed members to spearhead raising of funds so that the party could successfully hold the two scheduled conferences.
“The 11-member committee comprises members; Hon. Dr. Frank Ngambi, Hon. Mulenga Kampamba, Hon. Anthony Kasandwe, Hon. Silvia Chalikosa, Amb. Emmanuel Mwamba, Hon. Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, Hon. Elias Daka, Hon. Jean Kapata, Hon. Godfridah Sumaili, Hon. Anthony Kasandwe, Hon. Stephen Kampyongo, and Hon. Alexander Chiteme.
A Sub-Committee was also approved where some members of Parliament were part of,” he said.
Mr Nakachinda further said the central committee has also approved the party’s strategic plan that will be officially launched in Ndola, Copperbelt by mid August 2023.
Meanwhile, PF vice president, Given Lubinda who chaired the meeting, has called on President Hakainde Hichilema to publish details of the Debt Restructuring Agreement recently announced at the Paris Club Summit in France.
He said this was to allow for informed and productive national debate.
Mr Lubinda said the debt reschedule must help lower the living standards of people or it will be deemed ineffective.
He lamented that Government has failed to demonstrate how it utilised savings from the suspension of debt service where the country has not paid for its debt since December 2020.
Mr Lubinda also condemned the repeated attacks and abuse of the law by the State and Law Enforcement Agencies against members of the opposition.
And the party has began to handle the disciplinary cases involving Mafinga Member of Parliament Robert Chabinga and his Chama South counterpart, Davison Mung’andu.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 24th June, 2023)
PF Secretary General Nakachinda involved in a road traffic accident
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Raphael Nakachinda has been involved in Road Traffic Accident after the vehicle he was driving was hit into by a locomotive.
This happened when Mr Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into.
Police spokesperson Rae Hamoonga said the incident occurred today around midnight along the Great North Road at Shikoswe railway crossing.
“Involved was Raphael Mangani Nakachinda aged 45 of house number 1794 Inkanga area of Kafue District who was driving an Isuzu registration number BAH 8695 from North to South who sustained bruised left πarm ,bruised back of the neck , bruised left ear and painful left leg, whilst the vehicle incurred a shattered front windscreen, extensively damaged right side body, rear passenger’s door and both rear lights,” he said.
He said also involved was Vincent Mabinda aged 45 of unknown house number a driver of a Goods Train from west to east direction which had no damages.
“The accident happened when Mr. Raphael Nakachinda who whilst driving an Isuzu vehicle failed to give way to a locomotive hence his vehicle was hit into by an on-coming Locomotive which had the right of way,” he said.
Mr Hamoonga said the accused has since been charged for the offence of Careless driving and his vehicle impounded at the Police station.
(Mwebantu, Saturday, 2nd December, 2023)
I am ready to risk my life to save the PF, says Edgar Lungu
“I AM ready for anything, including risking my own life to save the Patriotic Front (PF),” Former republican President Edgar Lungu has said.
Mr Lungu says victory is certain and that the machinations by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) in form of ‘Imingalato’ will not stop him.
He has also noted that he is aware that the next move by the UPND is to lift his immunity, but he is ready and not worried about the outcome.
Speaking when he addressed the media on a number or issues, he said that he did not intend to get back into active politics, but he did so to ensure that PF lives on.
He noted that this was from the backdrop of the machinations from Government to steal, kill and destroy the PF in order to continue their stay in power.
“The machinations became more when those in power wanted to state a coup in PF using their stooges. They were illegally endorsed by police, followed by the National Assembly to swot democracy. This becoming more vivid when the victim who in this case is the PF is treated as a villian and a state sponsored sect is being given protection by the law,” he said.
Mr Lungu claimed that unfortunately, for those in power, it is not possible to submerge the PF in an attempt of using ‘Imingalato.’
“In this regard, I made a call to all opposition s as to defend Zambia’s hard earned democracy. I called for unity of purpose and today I am humbled for the unanimous response. Victory is certain, we shall certainly defeat those scheming against democracy,” he said.
He further claimed that he came back into politics to save the PF from being stolen of killed by the government.
“I am aware the next move is to lift my immunity from prosection. This does not worry me. It is another ploy to divert people from their failure, ” he said.
(Mwebantu, Friday, 1st December, 2023)
‘Imbwili’ jailed for hate speech
OPPOSITION Patriotic Front (PF) member of the Central Committee and former Roan Member of Parliament Chishimba Kambwili has been handed a five-month prison sentence for hate speech by Kasama Magistrate’s Court.
In this case, Kambwili, 54, of house number 9, Wisteria Avenue, Luanshya was charged with the offence of expressing hatred and ridicule of the persons based on tribe and place of origin.
Kasama Resident Magistrate Samson Mumba found Kambwili after the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.
And in mitigation, Kambwili who spoke through his lawyer told court that he was a first offender, a family man and a person who previously served the nation as a cabinet minister.
He also urged the court to take into consideration his health.
In sentencing Kambwili, Magistrate Mumba said he took into account the mitigation.
He however said he sentenced Kambwili to five months imprisonment to deter would be offenders.
Meanwhile, after judgement was passed, Kambwili’s lawyer Kaizara Tembo told journalists his client will appeal against the verdict.
“Currently we are making efforts to lodge in an application for bail pending appeal,” he said.
Kambwili has since been transported to Milima Correctional Facility in Kasama.
(Mwebantu, Thursday, 30th November, 2023)