Vice President Guy Scott has assured the people of North-western Province that the Patriotic Front (PF) party is still strong and intact.
Dr Scott stated that no member of the ruling party has left the party despite the recent events.
Speaking today upon arrival at Solwezi Airport, Dr Scott said his government is determined to develop the province.
The Vice President is in the area to drum up support for the Patriotic Front candidate Newton Malwa in this Thursday’s Parliamentary by-elections.
He urged the electorates who received him at the airport to vote for the PF candidate.
And Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Gabriel Namulambe who was among the government officials who received the Vice President commended the Zambia Police Service for sitting all political parties down to agree on maintaining peace during the campaigns.
Mr Namulambe who is the PF campaign manager for the Solwezi Central by–
election told the Vice President that the campaigns in the area have been peaceful and incident free.
He stated that all the participating parties have abided by the resolution made during a meeting which was organized by the Zambia Police.
He expressed optimism that the PF will scoop the Solwezi Central Seat and urged party members to work hard in convincing electorates.
He said the PF party has a developmental agenda of the province saying
if the PF candidate wins the ruling party will implement all the developments.
The Vice President is today expected to hold three political rallies and pay a courtesy call on Chief Kapijimpanga and tomorrow hold two more rallies before departing for Lusaka.
Campaigns in Solwezi have heated up with all the five participating political parties holding rallies in various localities.
The Solwezi Central seat is being contested by PF’s Newton Malwa and UPND’s Dawson Kafwaya while Nathan Mulonga is contesting on the FDD ticket.
Other are former Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Lucky Mulusa who
is re-contesting the seat on the MMD ticket while the only woman in the contest, Mary Katiki is standing on the country’s oldest political party UNIP.
The seat fell vacant following the nullification of the election of MMD’s Lucky Mulusa by the courts on account of electoral malpractices in the 2011 elections.
Solwezi Central Constituency has 30 polling stations and a total of 52,900 registered voters who are divided into five wards namely Kimasala, Kamulanda, Tuvwanganai, Sandang’ombe and Kapijimpanga.