UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has urged the Mansa voters to join the rest of the country in the revolution that is sweeping across the country by voting for UPND candidate Mwiche Chikonde Rosemary.
Speaking at various campaign meetings and in an interview after the conclusion of his tour of Mansa by-elections, Mr. Hichilema said he was satisfied with the reception and the huge turnouts that he received in the area and promised to go back for victory celebrations after the by-elections.
“You saw for yourselves that president Michael Sata admitted to Mansa and the province being heavily underdeveloped, but in his usual style of running away from blame, he accuses his own MPs of not delivering development. Mr. Sata is just like a father who has failed to perfom his fatherly duties and constantly blames it on his children,” Mr. Hichilema said.
He said he has again been vindicated when he said Mr. Sata was just joker who cannot be trusted in keeping any campaign promise because he says one thing in one breath and later changes without shame.
“This is the person who has always been preaching in other parts of the country that development can only come if you give him MPs as he cannot work with the opposition. Now he comes to Mansa and says it is not me, but the MPs you gave me who are illiterates and not working. What guarantee is there that this man Chilufya Chitalu will be any different,” Mr. Hichilema said.
Mr. Hichilema said it was actually a great betrayal and a huge insult to the late Kennedy Sakeni for Mr. Sata to say that Luapula MPs were not working hence the under development.
“Late Sakeni should really be turning in his grave that the person he thought was his friend can today claim the place was not developed because of him (Sakeni) and other parliamentarians hailing from there”, Mr. Hichilema said.
He said he has always known that Luapula’s economic potential was not fully harnessed because of people like Mr. Sata who cannot take responsibility and apologise for failure.
“Each time I come to Luapula and see these massive water bodies and beautiful fertile landscape, I feel like shedding tears because some of us economic managers know how this place can be transformed into a huge economic hub that can be exporting goods to neighboring countries using water transport,” he said.
He said Luapula has huge potential for tourism, agriculture, and mining yet the person who is supposed to implement the projects says its not him, but his MPs yet he is the supervisor.
Mr. Hichilema said Luapula and Mansa in particular has all the water bodies yet people are drinking dirty water.
“My water engineers have told me that water in Mansa and other parts of Luapula is as shallow as 10 meters underground hence sinking boreholes is the easiest but there is water rationing in most urban centres and the person who is supposed to implement the projects, Mr. Sata, has as usual runaway from responsibility,” he said.
Mansa Central constituency is being contested by five political parties which are the United National Independence Party (UNIP), the PF, the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD), the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) and the United Party for National Development (UPND).