Patriotic Front leader Michael Sata says if he dies today he will tell God that the people of Zambia don’t listen.
Addressing a small crowd in Monze Thursday afternoon, Sata said it was up to the people of Zambia to decide who they wanted to lead them after September 20th.
He said he had done enough work to convince the people that he was the right candidate but the final decision depended upon the electorate.
Sata said Zambia was experiencing high levels of poverty because of poor leadership coupled with the arrogance President Rupiah Banda as exhibited on stances taken on many issues of national interest.
“2001, I came here to ask for your vote but you did not vote for me, I did the same in 2006 but again you did not give me the vote. I also came back in 2008 you denied me your vote, I have come back again in 2011 to ask for your vote because I know that Monze and Southern province is part of Zambia,” said Sata.
Sata told the people of Monze that they should not cry for him but must cry for themselves because poverty and unemployment created by the MMD government has directly affected their livelihood.
He said it was discouraging and disappointing that despite the opposition UPND sending 17 representatives to the national Assembly, they had failed the people of Southern province. “UPND had 17 MPs who completely failed to represent you, just like
what Rupiah Banda did, and before Late Levy Mwanawasa died he gave you 8 bags of fertilizer but Rupiah removed 6 bags leaving you with only 2 bags and you have not heard your MPs complain about that, the only thing they do is when they come here is to cheat that I will take awayARVs from hospitals. Go and ask Hakainde Hichilema who brought these
ARVs, it is me Sata,” he said.
He said the 17 UPND MPs were part of the plunders of national resources during the National Constitution Conference (NCC).
Sata also said that if he is voted into office he will ensure that he introduces a University in the province apart from the Rusangu
University run by the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
“I want also to thank the church to be more specific the Seventh Day Adventist Church for thinking about creating a University here, a programme the government of Rupiah Banda has failed to recognize its importance, the church even went out of its ways by giving him a degree in political science but when we form government we shall build you a University,” said Sata.
He said it was sad that Botswana depended on Zambia and Southern province for beef but now the story was different because of poor policies of government.
“It only takes 2 hours to fly to South Africa, yet we fail to export our beef from this province and South Africa depend on the beef from Argentina a country which is miles far away from this continent, these MPs you voted for failed to represent you adequately and it is up to you to make that decision to have a leadership which will address your
many problems,” he said.
Sata who spoke for about an hour without any interruptions said he was an old man who understood what poverty was all about than some of the people who have become rich after stealing from the sales of Hotel Inter Continental and Lima Bank.
“I don’t have wealth because of the farm and cattle I have in Kalomo which I got during the privatization of state owned companies in the early 90s, I have slept on the floor before, I have gone for days without eating am not like these other who have stolen from youZambians,” said Sata.
Sata will tomorrow hold another campaign rally in Choma before going to Kalomo and Livingstone.
Earlier Sata was disappointed and ended up shouting at Willy Nsanda his campaign manager for what he called a flop rally in Monze.
Sata who went to the venue around 14:56, rushed to the podium and started shouting at Nsanda because of the low turnout of the people.