Political parties in Mangango implored to campaign on issues

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–Western Province Anti-Voter Apathy Project (AVAP) Co-ordinator, Florence Maate, has implored  political parties in Mangango Constituency to adopt clean and peaceful campaigns based on real issues.

 

Ms Maate says violence is barbaric and has no room in modern democracy and a young nation like Zambia.

 

She condemned the recent violence in Shikombwe ward in Mangango Constituency.

 

She appealed to parties in the area to adhere to the Electoral Code of Conduct in an effort to promote a free, fair and credible poll ahead of August 19 when the people of Mangango Constituency would vote for their Member of Parliament (MP) of their choice.

 

Speaking in an interview with ZANIS, the AVAP Co-ordinator described the removing of campaign posters as a recipe for violence.

 

She urged youths in Mangango Constituency not to be used as instruments of violence. 

 

Violence has characterized the forth-coming Mangango Parliamentary poll including the surrounding Luampa area with Chief Mwanatete and his wife, Luampa MMD MP and Chiefs and traditional Affairs Deputy Minister, Josephine Limata being victims of violence.

 

Clashes have continued to occur between members of the ruling PF and UPND ahead of the Mangango by-election.

 

Patriotic Front (PF) campaign member, Bonnie Tembo, has implored Kaoma Police to immediately start probing opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) political cadres who allegedly attacked Luampa District Commissioner, Alfred Miyato and his Driver, Brain Kuwema, last week.

 

Mr Kuwema sustained serious injuries while his official vehicle was extensively damaged.

 

Mr Tembo said the law should take its full course because violence is retrogressive in the country.

 

He advised the UPND cadres to desist from engaging themselves in violence but to offer workable solutions to the PF Government that was mandated to govern the people of Zambia.

 

PF Campaign Manager in Mangango Constituency, Obvious Mwaliteta, asked the people of Katembe to vote for PF candidate, Rodgers Lingweshi, if meaningful development is to occur.

 

Mr Mwaliteta, who is also Central Province Minister, said government would engage chiefs and headman Katembe to sensitise the people on the dangers of violence.

 

Mr Mwaliteta assured people of Katembe that the PF Government is determined to develop the area. 

 

He asked the Mangango electorates to give President Michael Sata a golden jubilee gift by voting for PF candidate, Mr Rodgers Lingweshi on August 19.

 

 

He said President Sata is determined to reduce poverty by building more health posts, schools, and roads including sinking more bore holes in order to alleviate the sufferings of the people.

 

He said the PF Government has the key to develop the area and not opposition who have no capacity and voting for the opposition would be a wasted ballot paper.

 

 

Mr Mwaliteta added that the opposition has no access to treasury but only the PF Government as evidenced by the massive developments in infrastructure in key sectors of the economy. 

 

He accused the UPND of practising campaigns of intimidation, tribalism, regionalism and violence. 

 

But UPND vice-president for politics, Canisius Banda, has accused the ruling PF of fuelling violence in Western Province ahead of the Mangango parliamentary by-election.

 

Dr Banda said his party does not condone any form of violence, accusing the PF of intimidating the opposition.

 

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