Some Patriotic Front MPs on the copperbelt have demanded for an extraordinary party convention to elect new leaders as the only means to resolve the deepening wrangles in the ruling party.
A source close to the parliamentarians told the Zambian Watchdog that the MPs recently held a meeting called by provincial minister and Chimwemwe MP Mwenya Musenge at which they schemed to petition the party for a convention.
Some of the MPs named in the scheme are Yamfwa Mukanga, Rayford Mbulu, Mwenya Musenge, Boniface Mutale, Richard Musukwa, Chishimba Kambwili, Levy Chabala and Dr. Joseph Katema who have all blamed ailing dictator Michael Sata for the wrangles.
“Mr. Kabimba has been going round the country campaigning for presidency and in his campaigns he has been decampaigning some of the MPs by asking party structures to identify other people to be adopted in 2016. Earlier the MPs complained to President Sata about this talk but shortly afterwards, Sata attacked them further accusing them of not visiting constituencies so this angered them,” said the source.
The PF has been embroiled in internal wrangles mainly caused by ailing dictator Michael Sata’s decision to anoint secretary general Wynter Kabimba as the heir to the party presidency, Sata is being controlled by the curtail comprising Post newspapers owner Fred Mmembe and his business partner DPP Mutembo Nchito.
Kabimba is using the promiscuous copperbelt province chairman Sturdy Mwale to fight the MPs and has allegedly tipped some district commissioners to be picked as parliamentary candidates.