PF candidate in the 28th February Mpongwe by-elections Gabriel Namulambe risks being voted out due to his greed amid accusations of constituency development funds (CDF) abuse and failure to bring development to the constituency and town as a whole.
And MMD candidate Miniver Mutesa has charged that Namulambe is a failure who must not be trusted with the office of parliamentarian again and has described the polling station established in his farm premises as an electoral fraud.
Ward officials spoken to said the departure alongside Namulambe, of some of the constituency officials had no impact on the former ruling party as voter influence was concentrated in the individual wards and not mere constituency office bearers.
According to the officials who have vowed to back their candidate, Namulambe did not consult his electorate when President Sata enticed him to join the PF. The officials accused their former legislator of abusing constituency development funds and the youth empowerment fund together with his selected individuals at the expense of the majority.
They said for the seven years that Namulambe had been in office, there was no tangible project that he initiated. They cited the absence of a district hospital and stadium as some of the key areas the parliamentarian should have focused on.
“Namulambe had no time for his constituency, just after voting him in 2006, even when parliament has adjourned he would not bother to visit the constituency to keep himself abreast with the development challenges we face, the man never even consulted the voters he is such a greed person who is just after personal glory,” Said James Shimpanga of Chipalanama ward.
Meanwhile Mutesa has said the failure tag associated with Namulambe has a lot to do with his failure to improve the road network in the town. “There is nothing to point at for Namulambe, the roads are pathetic, we have no district hospital, clinics are at far away distances, making it difficult for our rural mothers to access health services,” said Mutesa in an interview in Mpongwe.
Mutesa took a scathing attack on Namulambe who she described as fraudster for allowing a school, which is also a polling station to be built next to his farm. “How do you put a polling station in your farm, that is inducing voters and also high electoral fraud, the man also abused more than K60 million CDF by inflating the cost of the mothers’ shelter at the mission hospital.
Efforts to get a comment from Namulambe and his campaign officials proved futile as his phone was unreachable while others said they could only speak to ‘selected media’.