The UPND says it will not allow the Patriotic Front to intimidate its youthful candidate for the Sesheke by election Romeo Kangombe to campaign peacefully and freely ahead of the bye-election slated for 12th February 2019.
Party National Youth Chairperson Likando Mufalali said the PF in its panic and desperate mode has sent people in Sesheke to find trumped up cases for Kangombe so that he does not campaign and subsequently disqualify him from contesting in this bye-election.
Mr. Mufalali said the people of Sesheke are aware of the tricks of PF and have vowed not to vote for it’s nominated candidate.
And Mr. Mufalali said the UPND will teach PF a lesson such that people will testify in Sesheke that UPND is a party of choice to change their lives for better.
He said it is disheartening to note that Patriotic Front has also taken advantage of high poverty levels in Sesheke Constituency by distributing money and food stuffs.
“And we are suspicious that PF has privately printed a new currency to buy votes from the Indunas and Headmen as was the case in Mangango recently. This is not only against the electoral code of conduct but also criminal act which has a negative effect on the economy. People are suffering in Sesheke; there is hunger and roads are very bad for any economic activity”, Mr. Mufalali said.
He said it is unfortunate that PF has continued to neglect the rural community by denying them access to basic needs but at all cost drifting attention of the Zambian people from real issues and focus on unwarranted attacks on UPND and it’s leadership
“Why must they continue to intimidate our candidate Romeo Kangombe a people’s choice to carry on the work of service from the late honourable Frank Kufakwandi? We want to warn our colleagues in PF that we shall not hesitate to expose all their ways against the electoral code of conduct in Sesheke. As UPND we would like also to state clearly that will continue to mobilise our people and campaign peacefully for our youthful candidate”, He added.
Mr. Mufalali said most importantly, the UPND will not be intimidated by the desperate acts of PF because they are alive to the fact that victory is theirs and has urged party members to unite for the better Zambia and have a prosperous 2019.
But PF Deputy Media Director Antonio Mwanza has challenged Mr. Mufalali to present evidence to the Police and the Electoral Commission of Zambia that the Party has printed money which it is using to buy votes in Sesheke.
Mr. Mwanza said the allegations being raised by Mr. Mulalali are of serious nature and must be proven.
And Mr. Mwanza said the UPND is crying over vote buying in sesheke because they know that they are long and are preparing their followers psychologically for the defeat.