Labour Minister Fackson Shamenda says the PF deserves another five years in power because it has spent the first five learning on the job.
Mr Shamenda said the first five years of the PF can be best described as an apprenticeship period.
He said Zambians should vote for the PF in order to allow the PF government to continue implementing more developmental projects.
Mr Shamenda said the PF government has done very well in its first term in office saying it has so far scored 80 percent success.
“You know as a student, one makes a few mistakes and the PF has made a few mistakes because it was learning. This period was like an apprenticeship but if the party is given another five years, I can assure you that it will do better because it has learnt from mistakes in the first five years,” Mr Shamenda said.
He said the economic downturn also contributed to the PF’s failure to fulfil most of its campaign promises.
“We came in at a time when the global economic just started experiencing a downturn mainly due to the happenings in China and there was nothing we could do about it. Copper prices was low and that made it difficult to implement all the campaign promises. I know we haven’t done everything, I can put it at 80 percent,” he said.
Mr Shamenda also announced that he is considering taking a back seat in politics due to his advanced age.
“I am no longer the same age and I feel I need to rest now. This is one of the reasons I didn’t apply for adoptions to stand as MP because I feel time has come to give chance to others. This doesn’t mean I am not a member of the PF, I am still a member except I would like to take a back seat especially after these elections.”