South PF asks PS Simuchoba to resign and join active politics

South PF asks PS Simuchoba to resign and join active politics

By Prince Lubanga

THE Patriotic Front in Southern Province has asked permanent secretary Sibanze Simuchoba to resign from the civil service and join active politics.

Southern Province PF chairperson Charles Hamududu said Simuchoba’s recent remarks against party officials was a sign that he was a politician and not a civil servant.

Simuchoba recently told Southern Province minister Dr Edify Hamukale that PF officials were not working in the province but just good at talking.

But Hamududu said it was unfortunate that Simuchoba could say such a thing.

“He is a civil servant…he should not alarm a situation which is not necessary. For a civil servant to say that the PF is not working…he should leave the civil service and join politics and see how he can move on,” Hamududu said.

He said the PF in Southern Province was performing very well and managed to have 175 councillors contesting the August 11 general elections.

“We even managed to put a council chairperson…it is recommendable, but we only managed to get two councillors, but we did our best for people to stand in those positions,” Hamududu said.

On calls for the PF to have elections from top to bottom, Hamududu said he could not speak for other provinces.

“As far as I am concerned, talking as chairperson for Southern Province, we held our elections last year and the term is for three years, so from branch, ward, constituency and district, we did the elections last year and they haven’t concluded the three-year term of office, except the province which did not have an election and I am pretty sure that they will take place,” said Hamududu.

PF vice chairperson for elections Kelvin Bwalya Fube last week said the ruling party needs to hold elections from top to bottom to elect new leaders.