President Rupiah Banda has urged Zambians to ignore prophets of doom saying this year’s polls will be marred by violence.
The President says contrary to what some political leaders are saying, he is optimistic that people will go to the polls without engaging in any form of violence, as Zambians cannot turn against one another.
Mr Banda says such negative statements have the potential to scare away foreign investors and must be discouraged.
He has re-assured the nation that this year’s tripartite elections will be held in a peaceful and transparent manner.
Mr Banda says the polls will be conducted in accordance with laid down electoral regulations and guidelines.
Capture more voters
And President Banda has directed the MMD leadership in the North Western Province to ensure that more voters are captured in the region ahead of this year’s tripartite elections.
Mr Banda says he is not happy that the North Western province has not captured as many voters compared to other regions.
President Banda was speaking on arrival at Solwezi airport this morning when he addressed residents who welcomed him.
Sata will lose
Meanwhile, Mr Banda has predicated that opposition Patriotic Front leader Michale Sata will not win this year’s elections because he has now become a perpetual loser with nothing to offer the country.
He has urged MMD Members country wide to go flat out and campaign ahead of this year’s polls, so that the ruling party retains power with more votes.
Mr. Banda says his Government will continue taking development to all parts of the country.
President Banda is accompanied to the North Western Province by Parliamentary Chief whip Vernon Mwaanga, Finance Minister Situmbeko Musokotwane and his Works and Supply counterpart Mike Mulongoti.The President was welcomed by Provincial Minister Daniel Kalenga, Foreign Affairs Minister Kabinga Pande and Youth, Sport and Child Development Minister Kenneth Chipungu.