Gender and Child Development Minister, Inonge Wina has said tribalism does not exist in the Patriotic Front (PF) and extolled President Michael Sata for his all-inclusive approach in running government.
Ms Wina said her decision to join the PF had been vindicated after she was labeled as a sell-out for teaming up with the ruling party.
“I was labeled as a sell-out when I joined the PF and President Sata. People were saying that it is a party for Bembas but look I am a Lozi and there a lot of Ministers in Government who are not Bembas. I decided to join the PF because I believed in President Sata’s vision to bring development to Western Province and there are a lot of good things to come,” Ms Wina said.
Ms Wina who is also PF national chairperson and the Nalolo Member of Parliament was part of President Sata’s delegation that was in Lukulu yesterday to drum up support for the party’s candidate Eileen Imbwae ahead of the by-elections for the Lukulu West seat on Tuesday next week.
Ms Wina called on the people of Lukulu to vote for the female candidate who had the vision to implement needed development in the area.
Commerce Trade and Industry Minister Emmanuel Chenda also echoed similar sentiments that tribalism was not the PF way of running national affairs.
Mr Chenda said tribalism was evident in opposition parties such as the United Party for National Development (UPND).
He said the UPND had been spreading lies about President Sata health and spoke ill about the PF, but that the insinuations should not be listened to.
“The UPND has been telling people lies that President Sata is ill. I have been with him since Easter, we attended mass at Saint Ignatius together and we went with him to launch various developmental projects, he was in China and now he is here talking to you. If he was sick could be here talking to you?” Mr Chenda said.
He said President Sata meant well for the country and had the heart for the people.
The Ministers were speaking in Mitete and Muyondoti areas where the Head of State held public rallies.
His Home Affairs counterpart Edgar Lungu also called on voters to choose Ms Imwae as their representative in Parliament.
Mr Lungu said the PF was geared to turn-around the economic growth of the country to better heights and needed the support of every Zambian.
“The Government is committed to bring development to this country and to Western Province, we have to support each other to achieve what we want as a country,” Mr Lungu said.
Community Development, Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister, Jean Kapata said the people of Lukulu should not waste time to vote for an opposition Member of Parliament as this would only cost developmental progress.
She said plans to set up eight clinics in Lukulu, was a clear testimony of President Sata’s ambition to spread development across the country.
“You should not waste time to vote for an opposition candidate, the PF is ready to bring development to this area just like it has similar ambitions to spread development to the rest of the country,” she said.
Western Province Minister, Obvious Mwaliteta said Western Province was headed for positive economic gains under the PF government.
“We are here for you and that is why President Sata is here today (yesterday) because he wants to be closer to the people and work for you. The Province will record growth under the PF,” he said.