Power and Politics

Edgar Lungu-led PF locks horns with Lusaka City Council over request to clean up business district


The Edgar Lungu-led Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary-General, Raphael Nakacinda, has demanded answers from Lusaka City Council on their request to assist clean-up Lusaka Central Business District (CBD).

Acting Town Clerk, Liftery Ndaba, rejected the party’s offer to clean the CBD on the grounds that Nakacinda was not the recognised Secretary-General at the Registrar of Societies, and that the Council had no such clean up plans

Nakacinda in the letter dated December, 30, 2023, called on the Mayor of the City of Lusaka, Chilando Chitangala to declare the position of the Council.

The Edgar Lungu-led PF Secretary-General, who had rejected the letter from Ndaba, said the response was irrational, contemptous to the court process and was political.

“The loss of 52 lives to the cholera outbreak was so serious that it didn’t need the Council to politicise the matter,” he stated.

Nakacinda said in light of the council’s diposition, the Party may not need permission to conduct the cleaning exercise.

“This position taken by Ndaba is political, contemptuous and in violation of the current court process in which the Patriotic Front has sued expelled Matero, Miles Sampa, who purports to have held an Extra-Ordinary General Conference and claims to have been elected as PF leader,” he stated.

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Nakacinda emphasized that the purpose of the correspondence was to confirm if this was the position of the Lusaka City Council on the matter so that the party may take appropriate action.

He said to clean the CBD remained on offer and that the party may not need permission from the Council in light of the response from the Town Clerk.

“The needless death of 52 people in the cholera outbreak is so serious that the local authority must seek and receive help from whomever offers it.
May the soul of the 52 persons rest in eternal peace,” Nakacinda wrote.

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