President Rupiah Banda has urged the Solwezi electorate to vote for the ruling MMD candidate Albert Chifita, in the Solwezi Central constituency by elections on November 18 , next week.
According to ZANIS, President Banda said this in Solwezi at a public rally at Kimasala Basic School ground to drum up support for the MMD candidate Mr Chifita. He appealed to the Solwezi residents who turned up in numbers for the rally to give Mr Chifita a chance to continue with the work left by the late area member of parliament Ben Tetamashimba.
“I want Mr Chifita to join our MMD team , please give him to me so that we can continue with the work our late brother left.” He said. The seat fell vacant due to the untimemly death of area Member of Parliament Ben Tetamashimba, recently. The PF/UPND pact is fielding Watson Lumba, Forum for Democratic Alternative (FDA) is fielding Muhammed Kalela while Thomas Kafula will stand as an independent candidate.
President Banda has further assured the people of Solwezi that the contentious road that goes to Chavuma would be completed. He also charged that the opposition PF leader Michael Sata who has been criticizing his government that they are not working, was in government before and for a long time but did not do anything for the people. And former PF Secretary General, Edward Mumbi charged that PF leader Sata was a pathological liar who should not be trusted.
Mr Mumbi said that those who know him like himself know that he cannot be trusted because of his lies. “Sata is a pathological liar, those who don’t know him, do not know this. The man cannot be trusted.”He said.
He said that he resigned from the PF because of Mr Sata’s undemocratic tendencies and the opposition leader’s lack of respect for others. Others contesting the Solwezi Central Constituency seat are Watson Lumba of the United Party for Nation Development and Patriotic Front (UPND/PF) pact, Forum for Democratic Alternative (FDA), Muhammad Kaleba and independent candidate, Thomas Kafula.