By CHUSA SICHONE –
THE Patriotic Front (PF) has clarified that the controversial skimpy and seductive outfits being worn by female party members is not the official attire.
PF secretary general Davies Chama said the official regalia were chitenge material and T-shirts for President Edgar Lungu.
Mr Chama said most of the party attires springing up were initiatives of party cadres and sympathisers and not necessarily made by the ruling party.
“You know, regalia are made by different people not necessarily by the party, maybe some of the regalia are being initiated by individuals and they just print ‘PF’ if they are supporters of our party.
“So, it’s difficult to comment unless I look at the regalia, otherwise our regalia are chitenge and T-shirts for the President, those are official party materials, but there are a lot of initiatives like you have seen a lot of caps around, that’s the initiative of party cadres and sympathisers,” he said.
PF has come under fire in some sections of the media for allegedly parading its female supporters clad in skimpy and seductive outfits branded with party messages to woo voters ahead of the August 11, 2016 general elections.
Meanwhile, Mr Chama said he would instruct the party national youth chairperson Stephen Kampyongo to ensure that the youths who had continued wearing military regalia were stopped from doing so.
Mr Chama reiterated that the PF had banned its members from wearing military regalia such as berets and that if it was true that some cadres had continued doing so then they were doing it without the party leadership’s knowledge.