By NATION REPORTER
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) Secretary General Davies Mwila has warned party members to stop forming security wings and harassing members of the public using the name of the ruling party.
He has since directed that all parallel security wings be disbanded immediately.
Mr Mwila said the party has only one security wing on the Copperbelt led by Elaston Chipili and dismissed other factions claiming to be PF security wings as fake and guilty of committing a crime of impersonation.
He issued the warning during a meeting with district and constituency leaders in Kitwe at the weekend.
Mr Mwila said he had received reports that some party leaders were forming their own security wings without regard to the legally established party security wing.
He said the PF would not entertain confusion where people wanted to conduct party matters as they wished.
The PF, he said, was a disciplined party which believed in conducting business in a systematic and orderly manner.
“We are holding party elections because we are a democratic party which believes in doing things in an orderly manner. We are a ruling party and so we will not entertain confusion in the way we do things.
“There is only PF security wing on the Copperbelt. This is the wing which is even recognised by the party. I wish to warn party members to stop forming security wings and harassing members of the public using the name of the ruling party,” Mr Mwila said.
He however commended the PF on the Copperbelt for being loyal and disciplined unlike their Lusaka colleagues who had some challenges.
“A party with discipline will go to greater heights. As Copperbelt PF, I must commend you for being loyal and disciplined unlike your Lusaka colleagues. I must urge you to keep up the good job” Mr Mwila said.
And Copperbelt chairman Stephen Kainga said party elections to be held was not a fight, but a democratic process for people to choose their leaders.
Mr Kainga said he was expecting the party to come out much stronger after the elections and set the stage for 2021 elections.
“We are setting a good example that we are a democratic party when we hold elections. We are not like those parties which do not hold elections. So these elections are not a fight, but a democratic process of electing leaders.