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PF promise to honour Kafulafuta pledges despite the loss

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Two elderly women clad in Chitenges brave the morning cold as they queue for names veriffication during the Kafuafuta bye election at Lubende Basic School in Masaiti District.
Two elderly women clad in Chitenges brave the morning cold as they queue for names veriffication during the Kafuafuta bye election at Lubende Basic School in Masaiti District.

THE Patriotic Front (PF) on the Copperbelt has assured Kafulafuta residents that Government will not renege on its promise to develop the area despite the loss it suffered in last Thursday’s parliamentary by-election.

Provincial chairman Robert Mwewa said in an interview in Ndola on Tuesday that Government is determined to keep the promises it made to the electorate in Kafulafuta during campaigns before the July 25 by-election.

“The PF will stand by its promise to work on the DRC border road in Kafulafuta constituency although the programme will be spearheaded by the new member of Parliament Brian Chitafu of the United Party for National Development,” Mr Mwewa said.

He also said Government will rehabilitate feeder roads in Kafulafuta because it is aware that people in the area need infrastructure just like those in many parts of the country that are underdeveloped.

“The PF government is a government of every Zambian regardless of their political affiliation. The people of Kafulafuta must not lose hope because development will be taken there,” Mr Mwewa said.

Mr Mwewa said there is nothing the PF can do about the loss it suffered in Kafulafuta but will rectify the errors it made before the by-election.

“Even though we lost in Kafulafuta, we added numbers to our MPs in Parliament after winning the Mkushi North by-election. Besides, the margin in Kafulafuta was not wide,’’ Mr Mwewa said.

Mr Mwewa said it is normal to lose an election in a democracy. UPND’s Chitafu Chitafu polled 2,504 beating his closest rival James Chishiba of the PF who got 2,407 votes.

National Restoration Party candidate Jimmy Kasabwa got 329 votes while MMD’s Evelyn Mwanawasa, who withdrew from the race due to health reasons, only managed 32 votes.

13 COMMENTS

  1. UPND did not ‘win’ per se. They were just lucky because Evelyn pulled out. The votes Chitafu had would have been shared by MMD and UPND. So there is nothing to jubilate about here. It was sheer luck. Let us wait for 2016, that is when the UPND and MMD will know what they are worth, not now.

  2. …. And the point??? When you are in Govt. your job or rather the contract is to develop Zambia and not only Mpika or Chitika only. We need to rise above this politicking and mentality.

  3. That is the moral thing to do. When tax payers remit their dues they do not distinguish between PF and non-PF. So, why should the Government deny non-PF constituencies development? If anything developing all areas equally just strengthens your position and breeds goodwill with voters in opposition areas.

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