VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott says teachers and traditional leaders have a duty to educate and encourage people to vote during an election.
Dr Scott said leaders should remind and reassure the masses in their various localities on the importance of voting as it is their democratic right.
The Vice-President said this yesterday when he addressed a rally at Namimbwe Primary School ground. He was in the area to drum up support for PF candidate Rogers Lingweshi, in the August 19, Mangango Parliamentary by-election.
“It is the responsibility of teachers, headmen and chiefs to remind you to vote. However, the law doesn’t state that they should tell you who to vote for because that is your secret. But remember, if you do not vote, you should not complain,” he said.
Dr Scott said it is cardinal for people to vote during an election as it gives them an opportunity and power to state the direction of development in their areas.
He implored the people of Mangango to turn up in numbers and vote in next Tuesday’s by-election.
Dr Scott said people in the area should not be intimidated by any political party but willfully vote for their preferred candidate.
And Dr Scott has directed the Disaster Management and Mitigation Unit to erect a bridge across the Namimbwe stream.
The Vice-President further directed that a drilling rig be taken to the area to secure clean drinking water. This follows concerns by the traditional leadership that the stream does not have a proper bridge and that people share water with frogs from the wells.
Sub-chief Lyenzi Kakumbi told Dr Scott and his entourage that there is need for Government to construct more health centres in the area.
He said the traditional leadership in the area will encourage people to vote in the by-election.
“We have seen what the government has done in this area so far, hence come next week, we will give you a 100 percent vote,” he said.
And Namimbwe Primary School head teacher Osbert Kasune appealed to Government to consider constructing more classroom blocks and teachers’ houses at the school.
Mr Kasune said since the establishment of the school in 1936, it has never been upgraded, adding the 110 pupils in grade one occupy one classroom. Teachers live in thatched houses that are usually attacked by termites.
Zambia Daily Mail