LUNTE Member of Parliament Felix Mutati has urged the electorate in Katete to vote for UPND leader Haikande Hichilema during next Tuesday’s Presidential elections.
Mr. Mutati says this is because Mr. Hakainde is the only candidate who can deliver development in all sectors once elected as a Republican President.
He said for instance the agriculture sector which is the main driver of economy in Eastern Province has plummeted under the Patriotic Front (PF) government but once Mr Hichilema is voted into power this can be reversed as he is a visionary leader.
He explained since 2011 when PF took office from the MMD, things have not been going well more especially in the distribution of fertilizer to small scale farmers.
He was speaking when he addressed public rallies in in Katete yesterday to drum up support for Mr Hichilema.
Mr Mutati said he was dismayed that the PF has mismanaged the distribution of farming inputs as well as the delay in the payments of farmers in the country.
He said it was also sad that the PF government had incurred foreign debt amounting to US$ 4.7 billion in what UNIP got when it governed the country in 27 years.
He stated that despite borrowing huge sums of money from outside the PF government had lamentably failed to pay for their produce.
And MMD Mkaika MP Peter Phiri says the ruling PF Government has failed the people of Mkaika and Eastern Province in a number of areas such as the agriculture sector.
Mr Phiri said the price of cotton had been mismanaged by the PF Government thereby reducing the price from K3.50 to K1.60 in 2012 and 2013 marketing season.
Meanwhile, Former Eastern Province PF chairperson Lameck Mangani says it was time to change Government for betterment of the Zambian people.
Mr Mangani said Mr Hichilema had the passion to serve the people because of his sound background.
Others speakers were MMD provincial chairperson Alexander Miti and former President Rupiah Banda’s son, Andrew Banda.