NFP president calls for unity

2016-09-21 06:00

THE National Freedom Party (NFP) held its Sibuyile (We Are Back) provincial rally on Saturday in Ntshawini to introduce its plan and strategy towards reviving the organisation for the 2019 provincial and national elections.

The party’s provincial chairperson Vikizitha Mlotshwa presided over the rally delivering the keynote address on behalf of party president Zanele KaMagwaza-Msibi who has been out of the public eye for most of the time since falling ill in 2014.

“I must extend an apology for failing to attend the meeting due to matters related to my health,” Mlotshwa read the president’s message.

He said that KaMagwaza-Msibi wishes to express her dismay over the fact that not only the party’s opposition is making audacious remarks about her health, but that NFP members are doing the same as well.

“Some have gone as far as to say that I am leading the party while lying in bed. I find such talk to be very abusive especially when it comes from within the party,” Mlotshwa said on behalf of the party’s president.

He said it is KaMagwaza-Msibi’s hope that the rally is used to confront the challenges that threaten the party’s existence following its failure to take part in the recent local government elections.

According to Mlotshwa, the party’s president is of the view that those responsible for the organisation’s failure to meet the deadline to pay its registration fee for the elections should be held accountable.

Mlotshwa said the party’s leader stated that though the rally would help renew the organisation that does not mean it had entirely overcome its numerous challenges, but that the rally would help provide direction for party members.

“Just like a sign post, this rally points to our special elective conference and perhaps to the 2019 elections. The big question then is - are we ready to face the obstacles that lie ahead? If the answer is yes, do we have the mental and physical strength to reach our destiny? Do we even have enough capacity? Do we really want to get to our destination together and unharmed?” Mlotshwa said on behalf of KaMagwaza-Msibi.

He said she also wishes to warn party members to be wary of leaders who have ulterior motives which might not be in line with the party’s, and its members’ goals as history had shown that this is detrimental to the organisation.

“We elected individuals into leadership positions because we hoped that they would take us to our destination. But alas, they led us to a disaster. Let's not repeat a similar mistake. Let's not allow a person to take the driving seat when their ultimate goal is merely a senior position,” Mlotshwa read the president’s message.

He said KaMagwaza-Msibi said if party members are determined to hold a special elective conference in December then the party’s branches should be launched, with parallel structures being disbanded and those responsible for establishing these held accountable.

“Let’s ensure that membership books and receipts are available and given to everybody, not the selected few,” Mlotshwa said on behalf of the party’s president.

Mlotshwa said KaMagwaza-Msibi called for unity among party members, urging them to avoid factionalism and be mindful of gate-keeping and the use of money to sow division within the party’s ranks. “I have seen trusted comrades throwing away their moral compass just because they have benefitted financially. This is dangerous and can have serious repercussions in our organisation going forward,” Mltshwa read KaMagwaza-Msibi’s message.

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