PATRIOTIC Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu has said that it is inevitable that he will reduce the pump price of fuel and improve service delivery for all Zambians, under his presidency.
He also said United Party for National Development (UPND) risks going into oblivion for embracing some PF members who were recently suspended for causing confusion in the PF.
Mr Lungu, who is contesting the January 20 presidential election, said this yesterday at a campaign rallies in Kafue, Chongwe and Rufunsa.
In Kafue, the last leg of this three-district campaign trail, he said he will implement plans to cut off middlemen in the procurement process of fuel because they are responsible for making the commodity expensive.
Mr Lungu said the reduction in the pump price of fuel is expected to reduce the cost of living.
“Getting fuel from the source goes through many hands. By the time a supplier will be selling it, a number of people would have been involved. Each one has a mark-up. This is what causes fuel prices to go up,” he said.
Mr Lungu also assured the people that during his tenure, he will ensure the price of mealie-meal is reduced.
He said milling plants will be established in regions where maize is grown to help reduce the price of the staple food.
He pledged economic emancipation for citizens if elected into office.
In Rufunsa, Mr Lungu said it is sad and disappointing that the UPND has embraced some suspended officials who failed to make meaningful contribution to the growth of the PF.
He said this at a mammoth rally at Chimusanya Primary School. The rally was attended by Chieftainess Shikabeta of the Soli people
“There are some people who used to cause confusion in our party and they have now gone to UPND. Very soon these people will start causing confusion in that party because they think that they know it all.
“They have just gone to UPND to destroy that party and not to go and make any contribution to that party,” Mr Lungu said.
He also advised the people of Rufunsa to ignore statements by the opposition that he is allegedly sick and that he will die soon.
“It is sad that people are telling lies that I am sick. Let me tell you now that I am still enjoying my good health and I will not die and I will enter State House come January 20, this month.
“I will rule this nation because God is powerful than those wishing me death. I have asked them so that we can go together to the hospital to do some medical tests so that we can see who is sick but they have failed to respond to me,” he said.
Mr Lungu also promised to improve the living standards of people in the newly created district by addressing the challenges affecting them if elected President.
He said he will work hard to ensure that Rufunsa has enough health centres, schools and a proper road network to help foster meaningful development.
PF Rufunsa district chairperson Thom Munyambe called on the electorate to vote for Mr Lungu to ensure continuity in the implementation of development projects in the area.
Mr Munyambe said people should vote for Mr Lungu so that he can complete late President Sata’s five year mandate.
He said this year’s presidential election is not about changing the government but merely replacing Mr Sata.
In Chongwe Mr Lungu said he will continue with late President Sata’s vision of developing the nation through the construction of roads, hospitals and schools.
The PF leader said at Chongwe Basic School grounds that Mr Sata entrusted him with the instruments of power when he was evacuated for medical attention in the United Kingdom (UK) because he believed that he would carry on with his vision of developing to all the parts of the country regardless of political, social, ethnic or religion.
“We will continue to develop all the parts of the country because this is what our late President wanted.
“We will never neglect any part of the country because I know that if I am elected President, I will be President of the country and not only the PF. Vote for me to ensure continuity in the implementation of development projects,” Mr Lungu said.
He also condemned the violence being perpetuated by some suspected PF and UPND cadres.
Mr Lungu said violence should not be tolerated by well-meaning Zambians.
“The police should arrest anyone whether from the PF or UPND who is engaging in violence because we want this presidential election to be peaceful,” he said.
Among those attended the rally includes, Minister of Tourism and Arts Jean Kapata, Minister of Chiefs and Traditional Affairs Nkandu Luo, Central Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta and former Zambia Ambassador to Mozambique, George Chulumanda.