3 July 2012

Zambia: Address Issues, Sata Advises Party Leaders

PRESIDENT Michael Sata has said political party leaders in Zambia should fight hunger as well as unemployment and potholes instead of attacking each other.

Mr Sata said it was not part of African culture for anyone to attack people who had lost their own relatives.

The President was speaking at Villa Grounds in Livingstone when he campaigned for the PF aspiring Parliamentary candidate, Joseph Akafumba, as well as candidates for the Mosi-oa-tunya and Akapelwa wards, Chrispine Sepiso and Chileshe Sikazwe, respectively.

He said the recent attacking of mourners in Livingstone by alleged United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres was regrettable.

"I was told from Lusaka that the MMD and UPND will bring people to disturb this meeting in Livingstone.

"We political party leaders should fight against hunger, unemployment and potholes instead of fighting each other," he said.

He urged Livingstone residents to liberate themselves by voting for PF candidates who were closer to the Government of the day.

Mr Sata said he had been accused that he did not like Tongas and Lozis yet Mr Akafumba was a Lozi speaking person while some Cabinet and deputy ministers namely Wilber Simuusa, Ngosa Simbyakula, Luxon Kazabu and Obvious Mwaliteta were Tonga speaking people.

Mr Sata made the three PF aspiring candidates in Livingstone and other supporters to kneel down to ask for votes from Livingstone residents.

He joked that when he was MMD national secretary, he hated late UPND leader Anderson Mazoka and others because he thought they were weakening the former ruling party.

Mr Sata said he later received a resignation letter from Mr Mazoka while he was still MMD national secretary and the late opposition leader later formed the UPND.

Speaking earlier at the same rally, Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo urged Livingstone residents to vote for PF candidates if they wanted development.

Ms Masebo said the PF MP and councillors would be closer to Mr Sata and other ministers in terms of lobbying for development.

Senior Chief Mukuni of Kazungula district said he would work with the Government of the day.

"Livingstone tourism should grow and Government should do something to develop tourism in the tourist capital.

President Sata assured me that Government will do something to develop tourism in Livingstone and he will also meet chiefs in Southern Province because chiefs work with the Government of the day," he said.

Acting Senior Chief Mweemba of Southern Province urged Tongas to support the Government of the day.

Health Minister Joseph Kasonde, Mufumbwe MP Steven Masumba, district commissioners, defence and security chiefs, senior Government officials and PF officials were among others that attended the public rally.

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