PF President Edgar Lungu arrived at Samora Machel Airport in Mbala this morning to kick start the Northern Province campaign rallies.
The Patriotic Front’s scheduled rally in Mbala yesterday afternoon failed to take off as anxious PF cadres waited for for their leader who didn’t show up without explanation.
PF President Edgar Lungu explained this morning that Heads of state and friends of the party invited him over the weekend.Mr. Lungu left the country on Saturday and returned last night.
“Yes I was out of the country. I was invited by friends of the party. Heads of state and others. People that wish that we succeed. I was never in any hospital in South Africa or anywhere else. It looks like some people can only win if someone is sick or dies? I am here and let’s start the program.”
According to a PF campaign schedule released by PF secretary general Davies Chama last week PF President Edgar Lungu was supposed to return to Northern Province on Saturday 27th December 2014 to continue with his marathon presidential campaign. He was supoosed to hold rallies on Saturday in Kaputa, Nsama and Mpulungu districts.
On Sunday, 28th December 2014, the PF President was supposed to attend a church service at St. Francis Catholic Church in Mbala and thereafter hold two rallies one in Mbala and then later fly to Mungwi District.
On Monday 29 December 2014, Mr. Lungu was to move to Muchinga Province where he was expected to start his program by paying a courtesy call to the family of late President, Michael Sata in Mpika and later hold a rally in Mpika. The Northern Province tour was scheduled to end today and then the Eastern Province tour was to start on Wednesday 31st December.