Fellow Zambians, on the 11th September 2014, we are going for another round of bye elections. This time we are going into Vubwi, Mkushi South, Kasenengwa, Zambezi West and Solwezi Central. As I write this, I have just left Zambezi west bank and I should say that I am happy with the preparations for the elections in all the five constituencies.
Let me first thank the people in these constituencies. Firstly for receiving UPND with open hands and lending us their ears to give them our message. Secondly for looking after the campaign teams in their localities. Thirdly for conducting themselves in a peaceful manner. Zambians are peace loving and this set of by-elections has shown that Zambians can rise above pettiness and discuss issues that affect them. I say thank you people of Zambezi, Solwezi, Vubwi, Mkushi and Kasenengwa.
Let me also commend the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), who while working under difficult conditions has conducted, possibly the highest number of by-elections from the time they were created. ECZ does not have the adequate legal cover but they are trying their best. ECZ is working with political parties that are abrogating the code of conduct with impunity because they are in a privileged position, but the ECZ have tried their best to manage these malpractices.
Let me also thank the Zambia Police for maintaining peace and order from the day the campaigns started. Police have received nothing but condemnation but they have not lost sight of their mandate, that of maintaining peace and order.
Let me take this opportunity to also thank the campaign teams in the five constituencies who had to endure grueling conditions just to ensure that the UPND message reached far and wide. I am greatly indebted to you all no matter the result. I know that you have done your best to ensure that we are victorious.
Lastly I appeal to the people of Kasenengwa, Vubwi, Mkushi South, Solwezi Central and Zambezi West to turn out in numbers, on Thursday 11th September and exercise their right to vote. I urge you, wonderful people of these constituencies, to vote wisely. Vote in a manner that we will put our country on a steady path to restoration and repair.
I thank you.