PF Youths Wont Vacate The Stations

PF Youths Wont Vacate The Stations.

PATRIOTIC Front ( PF) deputy chairperson for elections Kelvin Bwalya says the party will not allow the removal of youths and women from trading in bus stations and streets because it is their source of livelihood.

And Mr Bwalya has questioned how Lusaka City Council settled for a private company Parkrite and awarded it a contract to administer parking rights in the central business district ( CBD).

Mr Bwalya told journalists during a PF media interaction in Lusaka yesterday that the ruling party is in office because of the youth and women trading in bus stations and streets.

“ The cadres are our lifeblood – we belong to the youths and the women in the streets. Why frustrate our youths and women that got us into power? Our cadres must be happy.

Why remove them from bus stations and the streets?” Mr Bwalya said.

He explained that the PF youths are disciplined and have respect for authority.

“ We owe it to our youths. We know what the ‘ Barracks’ [ Intercity bus terminus] is. We know who ‘ Commando’ [ Eddie Gowa] is and ‘ Ban Ki- Moon’ [ Penjani Chirambo]. These are our youths and we will not frustrate them,” Mr Bwalya said.

He said the PF does not want the youth and women to feel “ used” for votes.

“ The PF is a pro- poor party. We don’t want the youths to feel used for votes. These youths and women are living off the street and the markets,” he said.

And Mr Bwalya wondered why five directors were fired at the same time at Zesco.

“ Zesco is a strategic company.

The dismissal of those five directors has financial implications,” Mr Bwalya said.

Meanwhile, Mr Bwalya, who is also chairperson for Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ( CCPC), has questioned how the Lusaka City Council settled for Parkrite to manage parking slots in the CBD. “ I summoned the deputy mayor ( Chilando Chitangala) and she explained that the decision was passed by the full council meeting.

But the fact that full council sat does not make it right.

He said he will engage Lusaka mayor Wilson Kalumba over the matter so that the position can be revisited.

“ We need to work out a system that will benefit both the council and our youths and women on the streets and in bus stations,” he said.

Meanwhile, MWILA NTAMBI reports from Mufulira that PF secretary- general Davies Mwila has wrapped up his tour of the Copperbelt with a message to members of the ruling party to actively defend Government’s programmes to ensure citizens understand the decisions made to grow the economy.

Speaking when he addressed members at Mufulira Civic Centre on Saturday, Mr Mwila said some decisions will hurt the citizenry but they are meant to improve their socio- economic welfare in the long run.

“ Some of our decisions may be harsh but they are meant to correct the economy. When you have malaria, the medicine that they use to treat you is usually bitter,” Mr Mwila said.

He has also censured Mufulira mayor Gift Mushinge for coaxing party members in the district to work with Kantanshi independent member of Parliament ( MP) Anthony Mumba.

He said independent candidates are not members of the PF and members must not condone indiscipline by entertaining them.

Mr Mwila commended the party leadership in Mufulira for being organised and having registers for all their members from the lowest structure to the district level.

He urged members to continue working in unity to strengthen the party.

PATRIOTIC Front ( PF) deputy chairperson for elections Kelvin Bwalya says the party will not allow the removal of youths and women from trading in bus stations and streets because it is their source of livelihood.

And Mr Bwalya has questioned how Lusaka City Council settled for a private company Parkrite and awarded it a contract to administer parking rights in the central business district ( CBD).

Mr Bwalya told journalists during a PF media interaction in Lusaka yesterday that the ruling party is in office because of the youth and women trading in bus stations and streets.

“ The cadres are our lifeblood – we belong to the youths and the women in the streets. Why frustrate our youths and women that got us into power? Our cadres must be happy.

Why remove them from bus stations and the streets?” Mr Bwalya said.

He explained that the PF youths are disciplined and have respect for authority.

“ We owe it to our youths. We know what the ‘ Barracks’ [ Intercity bus terminus] is. We know who ‘ Commando’ [ Eddie Gowa] is and ‘ Ban Ki- Moon’ [ Penjani Chirambo]. These are our youths and we will not frustrate them,” Mr Bwalya said.

He said the PF does not want the youth and women to feel “ used” for votes.

“ The PF is a pro- poor party. We don’t want the youths to feel used for votes. These youths and women are living off the street and the markets,” he said.

And Mr Bwalya wondered why five directors were fired at the same time at Zesco.

“ Zesco is a strategic company.

The dismissal of those five directors has financial implications,” Mr Bwalya said.

Meanwhile, Mr Bwalya, who is also chairperson for Competition and Consumer Protection Commission ( CCPC), has questioned how the Lusaka City Council settled for Parkrite to manage parking slots in the CBD. “ I summoned the deputy mayor ( Chilando Chitangala) and she explained that the decision was passed by the full council meeting.

But the fact that full council sat does not make it right.

He said he will engage Lusaka mayor Wilson Kalumba over the matter so that the position can be revisited.

“ We need to work out a system that will benefit both the council and our youths and women on the streets and in bus stations,” he said.

Meanwhile, MWILA NTAMBI reports from Mufulira that PF secretary- general Davies Mwila has wrapped up his tour of the Copperbelt with a message to members of the ruling party to actively defend Government’s programmes to ensure citizens understand the decisions made to grow the economy.

Speaking when he addressed members at Mufulira Civic Centre on Saturday, Mr Mwila said some decisions will hurt the citizenry but they are meant to improve their socio- economic welfare in the long run.

“ Some of our decisions may be harsh but they are meant to correct the economy. When you have malaria, the medicine that they use to treat you is usually bitter,” Mr Mwila said.

He has also censured Mufulira mayor Gift Mushinge for coaxing party members in the district to work with Kantanshi independent member of Parliament ( MP) Anthony Mumba.

He said independent candidates are not members of the PF and members must not condone indiscipline by entertaining them.

Mr Mwila commended the party leadership in Mufulira for being organised and having registers for all their members from the lowest structure to the district level.

He urged members to continue working in unity to strengthen the party.

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