President Rupiah Banda has urged the people of Luena not to give their former member of Parliament (MP) Charles Milupi a second chance to represent them in Parliament, as he had failed to bring development in the area.
President Banda said this upon arrival at Mongu airport today before the start of his two-day campaign rallies to drum up support for the MMD candidate vying for the seat, Mwangala Maopu.
The President said the former Luena Member of Parliament had given the MMD a second chance to win the seat which fell vacant after the former MP resigned.
He urged the Luena electorate to instead vote for Mr. Maopu who he described as an eminent and hardworking local man, for development to forge ahead in the area.
President Banda warned that if Mr. Milupi was voted for again, he would continue being a failure and Luena would lag behind in development hence the need for the electorate to vote wisely for the MMD candidate.
He said Government was implementing many developmental projects in Western Province as a whole such as the construction of the Mongu/Kalabo road, building of high schools and the health institutions among others.
And Mr. Banda said violence should not be there in Luena before and during the elections adding that the majority of the Zambians were peace loving people.
He challenged the other political leaders to spread the same message and desist from insulting fellow leaders.
In another development, President Banda called on Civil Servants to continue supporting the Government of the day in implementing its developmental projects.
Mr. Banda commended the Public Service Union leaders for working well in resolving labour disputes amicably with Government representatives.
And speaking earlier, MMD National Chairperson Michael Mabenga expressed confidence that the ruling party would scoop the Luena seat in the forth coming parliamentary by-elections.
“The ground and atmosphere is very fertile for the MMD candidate to scoop the Luena seat,’ Mr. Mabenga said.
Mr. Mabenga, who is also Lands Deputy Minister, said the people in the area were happy that Mr. Milupi had resigned because he had nothing to offer to the people of Luena.