Chi­hili wins sup­port from 9 dis­tricts

Daily Nation Newspaper - - NORTH WESTERN NEWS -

By JACK­SON MAPAPAYI ABOUT 9 out of the 10 dis­tricts, in­clud­ing con­stituency ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees have re­solved to back the cur­rent North West­ern Prov­ince Pa­tri­otic Front chair­per­son Em­manuel Chi­hili in the forth­com­ing in­tra-party elec­tions.

Mean­while, elec­tions for all ward ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tees have started to­day in all wards through­out the prov­ince.

The ex­er­cise is ex­pected to be com­pleted in three days’ time.

Speak­ing in sep­a­rate in­ter­views, the com­mit­tees said that they would not want to risk PF by putting wrong peo­ple in the party's top lead­er­ship.

Chavuma PF chair­per­son Lawrence Ka­malata said there was no need to vote for a new chair­per­son when the in­cum­bent was per­form­ing well.

And Manyinga district chair­per­son Danny Chingimbu said his com­mit­tee had seen no rea­son why they should vote for an­other pro­vin­cial chair­per­son when the in­cum­bent had man­aged to unite the party.

“Yes, we can change other po­si­tions and bring in new peo­ple but not the chair­man­ship. That's what we have re­solved as Manyinga district,” he said.

Kabompo district chair­per­son Bristin Nya­machaka said Mr Chi­hili was an ex­pe­ri­enced politi­cian and knows how to han­dle po­lit­i­cal mat­ters.

Mu­fumbwe district chair­per­son Peter Kalundwe said Mr Chi­hili has po­ten­tial to grow the party ahead of the 2021 gen­eral elec­tions given the full sup­port by all struc­tures in the prov­ince hence their de­ci­sion to rally be­hind him.

Other dis­tricts that have en­dorsed him in­clude Mwinilunga, Ike­lenge, Zam­bezi, Kalum­bila and Mushin­damo.

Four peo­ple are vy­ing for the pro­vin­cial top job among them pro­vin­cial vice youth chair­per­son Jack­son Kungo, pro­vin­cial in­for­ma­tion and pub­lic­ity sec­re­tary Peter Ka­pamba, a lo­cal busi­ness­man Mr Kekema and Mr Chi­hili.

The pro­vin­cial elec­tions will be held at the end of this month af­ter con­duct­ing elec­tions for all the lower or­gans.

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