MMD Mwandi constituency candidate Mukuka Akalemwa says “expired” immediate past area MP Micheal Kaingu has been trying to buy him out of the race with a promise of a job as an ambassador once the PF is re-elected back into government.
In a contest being widely viewed as a ” David vs Goliath” battle by the voters in the constituency, Mr Akalemwa 27 is one of the youngest contestants in this year’s Parliamentary elections said Mr Kaingu has realised that he does not stand a chance of winning this year’s elections hence has now resorted to promises of a job and that he will campaign for him in 2021.
He said he has refused to listen to Higher Education Minister’s offers because he wants to bring development to the area and that he will not betray the local people who have put trust in him.
“The Minister has failed the constituency since he was elected as area MP and that gives me a 70% chance of wining these elections because I have done my ground work. He is now telling the people that give me my last five years then he will campaign for me in 2021 and that just shows you how desperate he is.
“He is afraid because when he goes on the ground he is just hearing my name and now he is telling voters that they give him the last 5 years then he will push for me to be an ambassador and that he will campaign for me in 2021 but I have refused to listen to those offers because I want to contribute positively to the development of the nation and my constituency in particular because it has lagged behind in development,” Akalemwa said.
And Mr Akalemwa called on the youths in the country to emulate him and many other youths who have chosen to positively contribute to the nation by aspiring for high positions in the country’s political circles.
He said youths should not expect recycled politicians to hand over political power with out a fight and that youths should not just allow any anybody to use them as tools of violence.
He said one of his priorities will be to ensure that youths are made part of the decision making circles in the constituency through interest groups such as development committees so as to inculcate a sense of responsibility.
He also said he will work towards bringing service provisions such as schools and clinics nearer to the people of Mwandi who have been traveling long distances sometimes crossing to other constituencies to access the services.
He said for the last five years the expired MP concentrated on taking care of his farm in Choma which he has been visiting every weekend instead of checking on the people of Mwandi and knowing what their challenges are.
Definitely this Goliath will fall, Mr Akalemwa said.