PATRIOTIC Front(PF) deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri has urged Zambians to give the party a chance to develop the country and improve the livelihood of citizens.
Ms Phiri said the PF Government was working hard to ensure that economic development was sustained in all sectors as evidenced by the massive infrastructure development and service provision being carried out throughout the country.
She said during a rally at Changanamai grounds in Kitwe yesterday, that the PF Government was implementing various developmental programmes such as construction of roads, schools and hospitals which were aimed at improving the livelihood of citizens.
Ms Phiri said the challenges that the country was experiencing such as the power deficit and depreciation of the Kwacha should not be blamed on President Edgar Lungu because the problems were as a result of poor rainfall pattern experienced in the Southern region and the global economic challenges that had affected even better currencies such as China and South Africa.
She urged Copperbelt residents to reject politicians that privatized the mines and parastatal companies which she said had contributed to the high poverty levels among the community.
“Do not be misled by the opposition politicians that are using the negative global economic trends and the natural calamities that are causing the poor performance of the Zambian economy to accuse President Edgar Lungu of failing to run the economy.
“These are global problems being experienced even by better economies so we need to work together, develop the country and improve the livelihood of our people,” she said.
Ms Phiri urged PF members to remain united and embrace members that had left the party after so as to strengthen the PF in readiness for next years general elections.
She further urged the party officials to protect the Copperbelt province which was one of the PF stronghold and ensure that the opposition political parties do not penetrate the province.
The deputy secretary general further appealed to PF members aspiring for adoption in various positions in next years elections to allow those occupying the positions to finish their terms of office.
PF youth chairman Chishimba Kambwili said Zambians should not allow themselves to cheated by the opposition political parties that the problem of load-shedding was as a result of poor leadership on the party.
Mr Kambwili who is also Chief Government spokesperson said the PF had put in place adequate measures to ensure issues of load-shedding comes to an end next year.
“I want to assure that there will be no load-shedding next year, we have put in place enough measures to address the problem and we are working hard to ensure Zambians are not subjected to load-shedding,” he said.
Chimwemwe Member of Parliament(Mp) Mwenya Musenge said the Copperbelt province was ready for next year’s elections and assured of a landslide victory.
Mr Musenge who is also Copperbelt Provincial Minister said the province was ready to support President Lungu as the Presidential candidate for the party.
He appealed to PF members that had defected to opposition parties after the provincial elections due to misunderstandings to rejoin the party because there was no future in opposition political parties.
Copperbelt chairman Stephen Kainga said the PF was intact on the Copperbelt contrary to claims by some opposition political parties that they have taken over the province while Youth chairman Nathan Chanda said youths were eager to register as voters in large numbers so as to vote for the PF in next year’s general elections
Hundreds of people defected from opposition political parties to join the PF.
Among the defectors was MMD councilor for Chantente ward in Kitwe, Abinala Mumba who said he decided to defect because of the feasible developmental programmes being undertaken by the PF which were improving people’s lives.
The rally was also attended by Wusakile, Kwacha and Kamfinsa Mps, Richard Musukwa, Bonnie Mutale and Moses Chishimba respectively.