Vice President Guy Scott has called on the electorates in Livingstone not to accept bribes from strange people ahead of the February 28, 2013 parliamentary by-election.
Dr. Scott, who is in the tourist capital to drum up support for Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Lawrence Evans, said the electorates in Livingstone should stop the trend of voting for opposition political party candidates because they have allegedly failed to develop the tourist capital in the past.
He said it was sad that electorates in Livingstone have generously been voting for the oppositions United Party for National Development (UPND) which he said has betrayed their confidence by failing to deliver to the people’s expectations.
Speaking today when he addressed a rally at Mwanumbwami Community School, Dr. Scott, who was flanked by Agriculture Minister Bob Sichinga, Local Government and Housing Minister Emerine Kabanshi, Commerce Minister Emmanuel Chenda, Gender Minister Inonge Wina, Information Minister Kennedy Sakeni, government and party officials, urged the people of Livingstone to vote for a PF candidate in order for the tourist capital to develop to its rightful standards.
The Vice President has meanwhile dispelled allegations by some opposition political parties that the PF supported homosexuality and that it practised satanism.
Dr. Scott said the PF was a successful party but it does not mean it practiced satanism or witchcraft.
Meanwhile, Information and Broadcasting Minister Kennedy Sakeni described the PF government as one that talked less and focused more on the economic development of the country.
“We are a committed party in government that talks less and focuses more on the economic development of the country, so turn up in numbers on February 28 and vote for our candidate as Member of Parliament for Livingstone constituency,” he said.
Mr. Sakeni said government has made everyone to be free in the country noting that this was evidenced by the number of people being given press coverage.
And Gender Minister Inonge Wina said there could be no meaningful development if councilors and Members of Parliament failed to dialogue with ministers and other government leaders.
Mrs. Wina said government wanted women to participate in the economic development of the country.
She reiterated government’s commitment to developing the country adding that this was one of the main reasons President Michael Sata created more districts in Western province to enhance development as the place was currently underdeveloped.
Mrs. Wina appealed to people in Livingstone to vote for PF as opposition UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema allegedly forbade his MPs from working with government.
Vice President Dr. Guy Scott is in Livingstone for two days to drum up support for the PF parliamentary by-election candidate Lawrence Evans.
And some MMD members defected from their party to the PF so that they could help develop Livingstone by working with the government.
In welcoming the defectors, Dr. Scott told them that they had become full time members of the ruling party.
“We don’t have party cards in our party but you are most welcome to join us and you are full time members of the party just like me,” he said.
And speaking on behalf of the defectors, MMD Nalikwanda branch chairman Habati Kambole said it was pointless to belong to the opposition hence he and other members decided to resign from MMD and join the PF.
Mr. Kambole said his former party was engulfed with leadership wrangles.
Earlier, the Vice President introduced the PF candidate to the people and pleaded to the electorate to vote for Mr. Evans.
Mr. Evans, a prominent businessman of Livingstone, also appealed to the people to vote for him.
And Minister of Agriculture and Livestock Robert Sichinga said his new assignment was to distribute farming inputs to the people on time.
Mr. Sichinga said an opportunity has come for the people of Livingstone to vote for the PF candidate and work with the government in fostering national development.
And Local Government and Housing Minister Emerine Kabanshi said time has come for the people of Livingstone to put right people in position.
Mrs. Kabanshi said the PF candidate was better placed to foster development as compared to the opposition opponents.
She disclosed that government has released billions of Kwacha towards the rehabilitation of markets in the tourist capital.
She assured the people that the PF government will not increase the market levy because it wants everybody to participate in developing the nation.
The Livingstone central seat is being contested by PF candidate Evans Lawrence, UPND’s Regina Musokotwane, MMD’s Fred Siasuntwe and UNIP’s Green Mwanangombe.