PATRIOTIC Front youths have turned the heat on party secretary-general Wynter Kabimba whom they want to resign immediately after accusing him of failing to manage affairs of the party and fuelling divisions.
But Mr Kabimba, who is also Minister of Justice, said he is not moved by the demonstration and will not be distracted from carrying out his duties in the party because youths have been hired by a “clique of ethnic and tribal” elements which have emerged in the PF.
The youths, led by provincial chairperson Ackson Ngoma, however, mobilised themselves at the district offices as early as 09:00 hours, chanted anti-Kabimba slogans and blocked one lane of Freedom Way leading to the south end.
Clad in PF regalia and carrying a mock coffin and placards with markings ‘rest in peace Wynter, Wynter a failure of lawyers and S.G, Wynter must go, among others, the youths marched from the district office using Freedom Way up to provincial offices.
Upon reaching the National Pension Scheme Authority building which houses the PF provincial offices, a handful of youths led by Mr Ngoma stormed the offices which they later closed except for deputy secretary general Bridget Atanga.
After locking the provincial offices, the youths continued with their demonstration, this time on Cairo Road, bringing business to a halt. They headed back to the district office where Mr Ngoma addressed them.
Mr Ngoma accused Mr Kabimba of personalising the management of affairs of the party.
He said youths will not rest but will stand firm to ensure Mr Kabimba steps down as party secretary general.
“As Lusaka youths, we will be consistent until Wynter Kabimba resigns. We don’t want a leader who works like an accountant, buyer, manager but someone who will understand our needs and operate like a cadre.
“There is no party without youths but Wynter Kabimba wants to destroy the youth wings by working with his people like Kennedy Kamba, Geoffrey Chuumbwe and others to destabilise our party,” Mr Ngoma said.
He said youths will continue with their demonstration because it is peaceful contrary to assertions that they intend to get violent.
Mr Ngoma said Mr Kabimba should openly itemise issues he has done in the PF if he wants to continue as party secretary general.
He said Mr Kabimba should step down so that the PF reorganises itself beginning from the lower organs to the top level.
Earlier, district chairperson Robert Chikwelete alleged that Mr Kabimba’s failure to manage the party has led to the PF losing by-elections.
Mr Chikwelete said some people had misinformed acting President Alexander Chikwanda that youths were causing havoc but this will not deter them from calling for Mr Kabimba’s resignation.
And district secretary Julius Komaki threatened that if Mr Kabimba does not step down, youths will force him out of the office.
“If he refuses to resign today, we are going to use force and he should not let us use force because we are capable of doing so,” Mr Komaki threatened.
And Mr Kabimba said he will not be distracted from discharging his duties as party secretary general by a group of alleged tribal elements.
“Don’t blame those youths. The poor souls have been hired by a clique of tribal and ethnic element which has emerged in our party. This is a group of hypocrites and I am not moved. I will stay in the party to serve the Zambians,” he said.
Mr Kabimba said it is shameful that there are some leaders propagating ethnicity in the PF when the same leaders have been blaming the United Party for National Development of practising tribal politics.
Mr Kabimba also dismissed speculations that he had stepped down saying: “It is not true I have resigned. That is what they want but I am in the office right now working. But if you want to be misled by the online publications, go ahead and print that,” he said.
And Mrs Atanga told journalists at her office that the situation can only be resolved between President Sata and Mr Kabimba and appealed to the head of State to quickly resolve the matter.
Police in riot gear surrounded the Ministry of Justice headquarters after word went round that PF youths would proceed to lock Mr Kabimba’s office.