President Edgar Lungu has denounced those perpetrating violence in the on-going campaigns for the Lusaka Mayoral elections. President Lungu said the United Party for National Development (UPND)should withdraw from the Mayoral race if they are not ready to contest.
The Head of State has stated that he will not allow elections to be postponed because of one person who is desperate to be President. President Lungu has also directed the Police to investigate cases of violence and bring culprits to book.
President Lungu was speaking during a rally in Bauleni to drum up support for PF Mayoral candidate, Miles Sampa. President Lungu urged the electorate to vote for Mr. Sampa as he is a tried and tested candidate.
And PF Secretary General, Davies Mwila also urged people to vote for Mr. Sampa so that he can represent their interests well. Also in attendance was Kanchibiya Member of Parliament, Martin Malama who has denounced perpetuators of violence and that such politicians are not fit to be in leadership.
On Thursday, President Lungu expressed disgust at the irresponsible behaviour of some opposition leaders who are going round telling their members to fight with pangas in so called self defence when there was nothing to defend themselves against as the purported violence was but a figment of the imagination of the said opposition leader.
President Lungu has urged the residents of Matero and the nation at large to examine the motives of such a leader who will gladly send other people’s children into the battle field whilst his own children were safely tacked away in schools abroad.
He stated that the so called violence that the opposition UPND leader was spoiling for was not a portion for the Zambian people who had lived in peace for the past 50 years and encouraged the citizens to continue being peaceful and guard jealously the peace that had earned the nation a good name and standing around the world, peace which had been fought for and obtained by the nation’s founding parents such as Dr Kaunda and his comrades.
And President Lungu has stated that only the PF would deliver development to Matero and Lusaka as a whole because they hold the key to the wallet.
He wondered how an opposition mayor would work when all the councillors save for one were PF stating that a vote for the opposition would be a wasted vote.
“The ones who will bring water here, bring roads and hospitals as well as schools are the PF . How can someone say things will change in Lusaka if you vote in a UPND Mayor. It defeats logic. Where will they get the money? The custodian of the money is My Minister Margaret Mwanakatwe. And the one in charge of the local government is again my Minister, Vincent Mwale. I appointed them. So which formular will the opposition use to obtain the money to develop Lusaka?” The President wondered .
And President Lungu has stated that the Patriotic Front is becoming more and more attractive as a party and government owing to the massive development that was being witnessed during its reign.
” PF is very attractive . Even those that left are now in the forefront claiming to be PF. Welcome back to the Party. We will receive you all. But a word of caution. Change your behaviour because if you don’t, we will ground you,” he said.
Voting in the Mayoral by-elections is slated for JULY 26. 2018.