The United Party for National development has expressed concern at the increased rate of vote buying tactics being employed by the PF candidate in the Mpongwe by-election, Gabriel Namulambe and has called for affirmative action to be taken
The party’s candidate Rapson Chilufya and other sources in town have disclosed to the Zambian Watchdog that voters have been enticed to vote for Namulambe by sinking of boreholes, distribution of mealie meal and abuse of government vehicles but Namulambe says the boreholes are being sunk by individual farmers and mealie meal was only being given to campaign agents.
The PFis reportedly abusing government vehicles in the campaigns and after noticing that the watchdog was about to expose the abuse, a quick stage managed interview was organised with ZNBC news crew at his candlelight restaurant and takeaway business premises.
The vehicles allegedly being used are a Nissan hardbody registration number GRZ 972 BV and a Toyota Landcruiser registration number GRZ 356 CJ, which is hidden at a private lodge in Mpongwe. The source disclosed that the Landcruiser was mostly being used for bigger errands in remote parts of the constituency while the Nissan was meant for quick and simple errands.
Meanwhile Chilufya has appealed to the voters not to be swayed by the illicit gifts that Namulambe was giving them but be mindful of the power of their vote on 28th February. “ Balaisa mukumubepaika ati bamupele ubunga nolupiya nafimbi ifilekene, mwebo mwikalaba amakosa ye voti lyenu pa 28th February (They may come and deceive you with gifts such as mealie meal and cash and many other things but please don’t forget the power of your vote on 28th February),” Chilufya said in fluent lamba amid applause from the crowd at the rally he addressed at St. Anthony.
Vehicles: The Government Nissan hardbody above parked at Namulambe’s candlelight restaurant and take away, which is also his campaign centre along the Mpongwe Machiya road.
The government Toyota Landcruiser parked at GCFM lodge in Mpongwe