25 February 2013

Zambia: 'We Won't Let Zambians Down'

PRESIDENT Michael Sata says his Government will leave an indelible mark on the Zambian people who deemed it wise to vote for the Patriotic Front (PF) in the last general elections.

The Head of State said his Government was working hard to realise the promises made during the campaign for the 2011 general elections.

Mr Sata was speaking during a campaign rally at Ibenga grounds to drum up support for PF candidate in Thursday's Mpongwe by-election Gabriel Namulambe.

He said people in Mpongwe have now been availed an opportunity to be part of the PF-led revolution, which would ensure that the people's welfare was improved.

Mr Sata urged Mpongwe residents to vote for the ruling party candidate so that they could access the benefits of working with the Government of

the day.

The President reminded Mr Namulambe that once voted as Member of Parliament (MP) again, he would have a mammoth task of bringing development to the vast constituency which has lagged behind for a long time.

"Mpongwe has the capacity to feed the whole country but without development nothing can happen. Even here where we are, if it was not for the missionaries (Catholics) I wonder what would have remained of the area," he said.

The President who asked Namulambe to kneel down and ask for a vote from the constituents, warned the PF candidate not to abandon the people who would usher him into Parliament.

He told the people of Mpongwe that the PF Government was in hurry to develop Mpongwe but that it needed a link person through whom the central Government could channel development plans.

"That is why I am asking that you give me Namulambe so that I can use him to bring development here. Sata alone cannot develop Zambia but Sata needs to have people who are MPs to bring development to you," he said.

The President bemoaned that some children in some parts of the country had no access to education, saying it was a wake-up call for his Government to restore order.

Mr Sata said Mpongwe had in the past managed to get some 'crumbs' off the national cake because Mr Namulambe was area MP from the then ruling party and that it would be important for the constituents to restore the same status.

"Namulambe is a clever person. He also feels for you. If he wanted, he would have easily continued drawing a salary and enjoy a luxurious life in Lusaka but for your sake, he left MMD and joined us so that he can work for you better.

Earlier, Commerce Minister Emmanuel Chenda said development was like a chain with the President at the helm while his ministers, MPs and councillors serve as his ears and eyes on the ground.

Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba, his Sports counterpart Chishimba Kambwili, his deputy Stephen Masumba and campaign manager Jean Kapata also spoke at the rally.

During the same rally, former MMD Copperbelt provincial coordinator Frank Ng'ambi said he had decided to join the PF because it was the only progressive

party while 2011 Mpongwe PF candidate Keith Maila said he was part of Mr Namulambe's campaign team because the party was bigger than an individual.

National Revolution Party president Cosmo Mumba said he took a decision in 2011 to support PF while his older brother Nevers Mumba supported MMD and that afterwards the results showed who had made the right choice between the two brothers.

At another rally President Sata said despite creating more than 50,000 jobs from the time the PF formed Government, he was alive to the fact that the majority of citizens were unemployed.

Mr Sata said it was sad that some chiefs in the constituency still had no electricity at their palaces.

He said the roads were dilapidated and health care provision had been left to the Catholics who were running Ibenga Mission hospital.

UNIP is fielding Ken Kuveya while the United Party for National Development (UPND) has Rabson Chilufya as candidate.

NAREP is fielded Raphael Ndlobvu as MMD settled for Miniver Mutesa.

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