-PF National Chairperson, Inonge Wina, has called for calm among the party members in Mangango constituency ahead of the forth-coming parliamentary by-election slated for August 19.
And Ms Wina is confident that the ruling PF party would scoop the Mangango seat.
In an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today, Ms Wina counselled the PF members from Shikombwe ward in the area to respect the party’s decision to adopt Mr Rogers Lingweshi to contest the Mangango seat and rally behind him.
“This is not time for squabbles but to rally behind and support the party leadership’s choice. Our aspiring candidate, Mr Lingweshi, was selected after wider consultation with the people at the grassroots,” Ms Wina said.
Ms Wina, who is also Gender Minister, said the PF government is on course to deliver development not only in Mangango Constituency but the entire country in accordance with the party manifesto as evidenced by the massive development in infrastructure in key sectors of the economy such as roads.
On Monday this week, a group of about 200 discontented PF members from Shikombwe ward in Mangango Constituency, led by Albert Mubanga and Miriam Kashwashwa, stormed Kaoma District Commissioner (DC), Joster Manjolo, demanding to be told why the former Member of Parliament (MP), Taundi Chiseke, was not adopted to re-contest his seat.
The members contended that the decision by the PF leadership to field Mr Lingweshi as PF candidate for the Mangango by-election would cause the party to lose as the people’s wish was not respected.
But Kaoma DC, Joster Manjolo, told the irate PF cadres to exercise restraint as their preferred candidate, Mr Chiseke, had some legal impediments which hindered his candidature.
On the ruling party emerging victorious on August 19, this year, the PF National Chairperson said Mr Lingweshi is out-standing, credible, seasoned politician and mature person who has vast experience over his opposition opponents.
Ms Wina said the opposition candidates were ‘no-match’ to Mr Lingweshi and urged the people of Mangango not to worst their ballot on voting for the opposition but vote for Mr Lingweshi who has the ‘key’ to develop the area.
Six candidates, that include five males and a female, are vying for the Mangango seat after they successfully filed in their nomination papers last week.
Alliance for Development and Democracy (ADD) have fielded Mweene Naluwa, United National Independence Party (UNIP) has Janet Sombo Chingumbe and Charles Mwenzala is from MMD.
Others are UPND’s Godwin Putu and Mukumbuta Kabuyana of the Fourth Revolution Party.