Vice President Guy Scott has called for peaceful voting in the forthcoming five parliamentary by-elections set for September 11, 2014.
The parliamentary by-elections will be held in Vubwi and Kasenengwa constituencies in the Eastern province, Mkushi South in the Central province, Solwezi Central and Zambezi West in the North-western province.
The five seats fell vacant after the Supreme court nullified the elections of their respective Members of Parliament for electoral malpractices.
The affected MPs were Eustarkio Kazonga (MMD-Vubwi), Victoria Kalima (MMD-Kasenengwa), Sydney Chisanga (MMD-Mkushi South), Lucky Mulusa (MMD-Solwezi Central) and UPND’s Charles Kakoma who was MP for Zambezi West.
And addressing a public rally at Kamutemeni Village in Kasenengwa Constituency today where he drummed-up support for PF candidate Gideon Zulu, Dr Scott urged the people of Kasenengwa to be peaceful and vote for the ruling party.
ZANIS reports that the Vice President who was accompanied by Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone assured the people of Kasenengwa of accelerated development through road construction and infrastructure development.
The Vice President also stated that government was working hard to ensure that people across the country have access to clean water and electricity.
Dr Scott urged the electorate to vote for the PF candidate Gideon Zulu in order to foster development in the area.
At the same rally MMD Kasenengwa Constituency officials lead by Constituency Chairperson Gabriel Mbewe defected to the ruling party and urged the electorate to give the PF an opportunity to develop the area.
Meanwhile, the Vice President dispelled assertions that government has stopped buying maize after the Food Reserve Agency (FRA) exceeded purchasing the 500,000 metric tonnes target that government had directed the Agency to buy.
Dr Scott assured the farmers that government will next week accelerate payments to farmers for the maize supplied to the FRA.
And speaking earlier on behalf of five other headmen, Headman Chingazi appealed to government to construct a health centre in the area to ease access to health care services as the nearest health post at Kamulaza is over 10 kilo meters away.
Headman Chingazi also requested government to electrify the area and put up boreholes in order for the people to benefit from the services.
The Kasenengwa parliamentary constituency seat fell vacant following the nullification of the election of Victoria Kalima of the opposition MMD by the Supreme court.
Others contesting the seat are Timothy Nyirenda on the UPND ticket and Khumbiza Daka of UNIP while Victoria Kalima is re-contesting the seat on the MMD party ticket.