PATRIOTIC Front (PF) members on the Copperbelt have been urged to unite and step up peaceful campaigns to ensure the PF returns power after the January 20, presidential by-election.
Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge said in an interview that the PF members in the province were canvassing for support based on the performance of the ruling party in the last three years.
Mr Musenge said members were upbeat to ensure Edgar Lungu scoops the upcoming polls with landslide victory because of his personal conviction and vision to develop the country.
He said the huge attendance at recent PF rallies was testimony enough that Mr Lungu enjoys massive support throughout the country which was purely a hallmark of the faith that Zambians have in the ruling party.
“In short, Zambians are happy with the performance of the PF in government in the last three years when they consider the massive infrastructure developments that have been implemented amid limited resources.
“For this, even if it meant us to sleep on empty stomach in a thatched mud house, we will sleep and ensure Edgar Lungu wins the elections to ensure continuity in the development agenda,” Mr Musenge asserted.
He said he was delighted with the support that Mr Lungu has so far garnered after travelling to all corners of the province, adding: “The people are excited and confident that the PF will retain its position as the ruling party in the country all because of the vision of the PF to improve the welfare of all Zambians regardless of the political affiliations”.
Mr Musenge said the opposition should not be worried that the ruling party would abuse state resources to propel itself to power because even when it was in opposition, it managed to raise enough resources to contest presidential and by-elections and that all these successes were anchored on its articulate manifesto which strives to improve society for all citizens.
Meanwhile, Mr Musenge described Democratic Alliance leader Maxwell Mwamba’s decision to support the PF during presidential by-election as symbol of brevity coming from an opposition leader.
Zambia United Development Party (ZUDP) last week also resolved to support Patriotic Front (PF) presidential candidate Edgar Lungu in the January 20 by-election.
ZUDP president Wilson Mukupa said in an interview that Zambians should rally behind Mr Lungu and pledged that his supporters will turnout in numbers to vote for him because the current opposition leaders were recycled with limited experience to govern the country.
“I am endorsing the PF’s Edgar Lungu as president to succeed late President Michael Chilufya Sata so that he could finish the party’s ambitious programmes to develop the country. I am pleased that Acting President Guy Scott has joined Mr Lungu to ensure that party returns its position as the governing or ruling party in January next year,” he said.