Ceremonial vice-President Guy Scott says United Party for National Development (UPND) Leader Hakainde Hichilema should have himself to blame for pulling out of the PF-UPND pack which lasted for about two years.
And Southern Province Minister Obvious Mwaliteta said it was high time the people of Livingstone gave the PF an opportunity to prove their ability to deliver by voting for the party in the forth-coming parliamentary by-elections.
During a rally to drum up support for Livingstone PF candidate Joseph Akafumba at Zambezi Middle basic School grounds today, Dr Scott said it was sad that the UPND leader who pulled out of the pack voluntary could start attacking the PF government.
He wondered how the UPND leader who had been in several pacts could be trusted.
“The UPND has been in several pacts before and have always pulled out and surely can you trust such people?” Dr Scott asked.
He said the UPND has failed to achieve anything in terms of development in Southern Province and encourage the people in the province to rally behind the PF government which he said was a government for the poor.
And Southern Province Minister Mr. Obvious Mwaliteta said it was high time the people of Livingstone gave the PF an opportunity to prove their ability to deliver by voting for the party in the forth-coming parliamentary by-elections.
Mr. Mwaliteta who is also PF campaign Manager said people in Livingstone have tried other patties such as the UPND and Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) which failed to deliver any meaningful development.
“PF is premised on the need to deliver services especially to poor people and I would call upon you to join us in our resolve to deliver services to end extreme poverty in Livingstone,’ said Mr. Mwaliteta.
And PF Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo appealed to women to embark on a door to door campaign for the party candidate.
She also said the MMD party was no longer a factor since the demise of late former Presidents Levy Mwanawasa and Dr Frederick Chiluba.
Ms Masebo also wondered how the UNPD and MMD in Livingstone could work together when their policies were discernibly different.
But Ms Masebo said the former MP for Livingstone Mr. Sakwiba Sikota was a good leader but failed to develop the tourist capital because he was in the opposition.
“According to my assessment Mr. Sikota was a good leader but failed to bring development because he was in the opposition at the time he was MP for Livingstone and now it is time for you to vote for a candidate from the ruling party,” said Ms Masebo.
Meanwhile, second lady Ms Charlotte Scott said PF has an open door policy and that there was nothing like old or new members.
She said there were no traces of discrimination in the PF and called on new members to join the PF party in its quest to foster development.
PF candidate Mr Joseph Akafumba also implored all party members to embrace new comers to the party.
And speaking earlier Livingstone District PF Chairman said there was still much work to be done in Zambezi ward with an estimated 7,220 eligible voters and considered to be the largest in the District.
He said if he PF could get close to 6,000 voters, chances of scooping the Livingstone seat could be assured.
At the same rally about 150 people who said they were opposition members mostly from MMD and UPND defected to join the PF.
The Livingstone Parliamentary seat fell vacant following after successful petition of the 2011 election results by the PF, Independent candidates and UPND.