Ceremonial vice president Guy Scott says it does not make sense for people to vote for a member of Parliament from a party which is not in government.
And Scott says the Patriotic Front (PF) will adopt and field Itezhi Tezhi member of Parliament Greyford Monde in any election if UPND leadership decides to expel him from the party.
According to PF government owned and controlled Daily Mail, Scott said this at a rally at Uphill Primary School in Itezhi Tezhi on Friday afternoon.
“If they chase him we will support him in another election here on PF ticket. I will come [here] myself. Nizafokotoza, ni zakamba za campaign (I will explain Government programmes and campaign for him).
“There is no point in voting for a candidate of a party which is just waiting for power. UPND is waiting for power, they can wait for 20 years or 30 years. In 20 years or 30 years mu zafa (you will die),” Dr Scott said.
Scott said Monde is an agent of PF development agenda in Itezhi Tezhi and should be supported.
He said UPND has been planning to expel its lawmaker from the party for no apparent reasons, adding that PF welcomed him because he was development-oriented.
“When your MP came to see us, exactly, a year ago saying he was interested in seeing development in Itezhi Tezhi, we welcomed him. But his party, UPND, is trying to chase him chifukwa chachani (why expelling him)?” he said.
He also reminded the people that they should not vote for MMD, the former ruling Party, because it is a dead political party.
“This is your MP [Mr Monde] whether he is on UPND ticket or PF ticket, this MP is our agent for development in this area,” he said.
Scott said PF government is not interested in tribalism and does not make political statements it cannot fulfil.
He said the PF government has come to change and improve areas that have lagged behind for a long time.
And Dr Scott said when the construction of Mongu–Itezhi Tezhi road is completed it will open up the district.
Dr Scott said the construction of the road will kick off this year and expected to finish by next year, adding that the contractor has since been selected.
“When that road is opened you [the people of Itezhi Tezhi] will become part of Zambia and part of the world. Even your mangoes, the people will come to buy them, now they don’t want to buy anything here because the road is very bad.
Speaking at the same function Mr Monde said UPND leadership discouraged him from lobbying Government to develop his Constituency, the action he did not agree with.
He said the people of Itezhi Tezhi are not interested in mere politics but in seeing development in the area.