25 June 2012

Zambia: VP Challenges Opposition Parties

VICE President Guy Scott has challenged United Party for National Development (UPND) and the MMD to tell the nation on which platform the two parties are campaigning in Livingstone since both are on record of accusing each other's manifesto to be fake.

And Dr Scott's wife, Charlotte said the Patriotic Front (PF) Government was providing employment, good services, decent infrastructure and various opportunities to ordinary Zambians.

Dr Scott said UPND was on record having said that the MMD manifesto was fake while MMD was also on record having said that the UPND manifesto was fake which meant that both manifestos were fake.

He was speaking at Maramba Old People's Home ground in Livingstone yesterday during a public rally to drum up support for PF candidate Josephs Akafumba ahead of the July 5 parliamentary by-election.

"Tell me which manifesto UPND and MMD are standing on in Livingstone because the UPND previously told us that the MMD manifesto is 'gon'ga' or fake," he said.

Dr Scott urged Livingstone residents to save the city by voting for Mr Akafumba whose party had a clear vision for the nation under the leadership of President Michael Sata as opposed to voting for parties which lacked team work as only certain individuals dominated them.

He said PF used to lose by-elections in areas such as Mufulira, Kalulushi, Chambeshi, Luapula and even in President Sata's home town of Mpika but a wave of change had come and these areas were currently under PF.

He said those who wanted a change of Government should wait for 2016 as PF was currently in power until that year.

Dr Scott joked when he said he was currently surrounded by policemen who previously surrounded MMD leaders due to the change of Government.

"Things change. I am now surrounded by police officers who used to surround MMD leaders. A 'muzungu' or white man is now Zambia's Vice President," he said.

Meanwhile, Mrs Scott said at the same public rally that the PF Government was providing employment, good services, decent infrastructure and various opportunities to ordinary people of Zambia.

She said PF was very simple from top leadership to those on the grassroots and that the leadership had a chance to turn commitments into delivery.

Agriculture and Livingstone Deputy Minister Lackson Kazabu said the people of Southern Province had continued suffering because they had not been voting properly.

Community Development, Mother and Child Health Deputy Minister Jean Kapata said UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was arrogant as he did not listen to elders.

Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo said Livingstone residents would lose if they voted for an opposition MP.

Southern Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta said the Livingstone parliamentary by-election was not for an individual like HH who was trying to prove his popularity in Southern Province.

And Mr Akafumba said a vote for an opposition candidate was a wasted one and urged Livingstone residents to vote for him if they wanted development.

Former Livingstone deputy mayor, who is also former UPND councillor, Aggephrey Brill, said PF had given Livingstone Potters a market which the MMD regime destroyed and hence the need for residents to support the ruling party.

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