President Edgar Lungu has called on the people of Mwansabombwe to replace the late Member of Parliament(MP), Rodgers Mwewa with another Patriotic Front member, Kabaso Kampampi.
President Lungu said it is only logical to allow the ruling party to finish what they started in Mwansabombwe by electing an MP from the PF during the by-election slated for September 17, 2020.
The President said it will not be right for the people of Mwansabombwe to vote for an opposition MP to replace the PF MP who died before completing his term of office.
The Head of State was speaking when he addressed a political rally at Mbereshi to drum up support for the PF candidate, Kabaso Kampampi.
“Traditionally, what should have been done is to allow the PF to replace their late MP with another MP and not from the opposition. This is like an inheritance, only a relative is fit to inherit what the late has left, not any other person,” President Lungu said.
He stated that if the people choose to vote for an opposition candidate, they would be disadvantaging themselves in terms of development continuity.
And President Lungu assured the gathering that government will complete all developmental projects the late MP started in Mwansabombwe
The President thanked the people of Mwansabombwe for conducting violence free campaigns and urged them to continue being peaceful.
He said the opposition are inciting people to be violent during the by-elections because they have no better intentions for the country.
And nominated MP, Raphael Nakachinda has called on the President and the people of Zambia to forgive the named opposition leader who is alleged to have insulted electorates in Lukashya where there is another by-election.
He said a named opposition leader has tarnished the name of the people of Southern Province because of his conduct.
Meanwhile, President Lungu called on Zambians not ill-treat people based on their regions of political inclination of one individual.
He appealed to be the people of Mwansabombwe to vote for a PF candidate in the by-elections slated for September 17, 2020.
Meanwhile, Mwansabombwe PF candidate pledged to serve the people with diligence if elected as area MP.
Mr Kampampi said he is better placed to bring development to the constituency as he is a local person who has lived in Mwansabombwe his entire life and understands the needs of the community.
Various PF senior officials led by the Secretary General, Davies Mwila took turns to appeal for votes during the polls.
Mr Mwila said the people of Mwansabombwe have a choice to either choose development through a PF candidate or retrogression by electing an opposition candidate.
The President later addressed another rally at Salanga Primary School within Mwansabombwe District.
The President is in Luapula for a two day working visit.