Last week, Mr Mwila announced that the Christine Chaande led Committee had been dissolved after it was discovered that procedure leading to its formation was not strictly followed.
Speaking on behalf of the dissolved Committee, Mr. Charles Sokoloko and Mr Eustokio Mukula accused area Member of Parliament Michael Katambo of misleading Mr. Mwila leading up to the dissolution of the Committee.
Mr Sokoloko said the team is disappointed but has accepted the decision taken by the party.
He said that is unfortunate that the Committee was dissolved even before it could put in place a work plan to help resuscitate the party in the District.
Mr. Sokoloko said the general membership of the Party is now requesting that Mr Mwila travels to Masaiti to meet with the former Committee Members and Mr Katambo himself.
“For us to move forward, let us have the S.G convene a meeting not in Lusaka, not in Ndola but in Masaiti itself so that he hears views from all the members who are very unhappy over this,” he said.
Mr. Sokoloko charged that Mr Katambo does not have the interest of the party and that he will make the PF loss in 2021.
“If you analyse the 2016 elections, Mr Katambo who was infact running for a second term almost lost that seat to the UPND, the difference was a paltry 920 and at presidential level, His Excellency President Lungu even lost that in Masaiti to H.H,” he said.
“It’s unfortunate that our team was dissolved. We are not bitter over the move because we know the real reason we have been pushed out and it’s sad that the party has sacrificed hard work for friendship,” Mr Sokoloko said.
And Mr Mukula said Mr Katambo is the one who had been against the Committee which was appointed by Provincial Mobilisation Chairman Bowman Lusambo because he has personal issues with Mrs Chaande who is also Masaiti Council Chairperson.
“It’s a pity that we have allowed personal differences between the MP and the Council Chairperson to get in the way of our work. What we needed to do was embrace everyone in order to grow the votes for the party in the District because remember, at Presidential level, President Lungu lost here,” Mr Sokoloko said.
“The MP has always had issues with Madam Chaande because he feels she will challenge him for the parliamentary seat but we feel it is important for all party members to unite and forge as one as we go towards 2021. This is not the time to start discarding members, this is the time to start consolidating numbers.”
Mr. Sokoloko said the dissolved Committee is wishing the Incoming Committee success as they mobilise the party for 2021 elections.
“We would like them to do well. You know Lamba land politics are very tricky. Generally, we are very good people but we do not like to be taken for granted.”
He also stated that the dissolved Committee was looking forward to working with Mr Lusambo who is one of the best political mobilisers in the PF.
“We saw what he did during the Mayoral elections here which we won as P.F Hon. Lusambo is very strong on the ground and there is no one in the PF who can match those abilities. Hon. Lusambo means well for the parry while Hon. Katambo does not mean well.”