Saturday, June 09, 2012
By Edwin Mbulo in Livingstone
Sat 09 June 2012, 12:59 CAT
PATRIOTIC Front secretary general Wynter Kabimba has directed party members to stay away from the UPND provocations so that the Livingstone by-elections are peaceful. And Livingstone PF candidate Joseph Akafumba says the area in its current state did not qualify to be called a tourist capital.
Speaking during a special programme on radio Musi-oa-Tunya on Thursday, Kabimba said the ruling party would not harass anybody who did not want to belong to the party.
"People like William Banda would have been a misfit in the party; that is why he did not even apply to join us but instead opted for the UPND. What happened during the nomination process was that it was the UPND cadres who advanced towards the PF and it is a pity that HH had to use an insulting signal towards people who disagree with him," Kabimba said.
He urged the PF members to stay away from the UPND provocations so that the Livingstone by-elections were peaceful.
"We want violence of the ballot and not what happened at the civic centre," he said.
On Akafumba, Kabimba said if Livingstone residents did not vote for him, they would be 'committing suicide'.
"We don't want leaders who will win and just start building lodges and if you look at the decision of the High Court nullification it means that the PF won the elections," he said.
"This is not the first time they have done this, they did this in Musanzala and in Nakonde and even in the last general elections they were in alliance and we defeated them. What we know for a fact is that the people voted for the PF against all odds and all propaganda, I'm confident that the people of Livingstone will vote for Mr Akafumba," said Kabimba.
And Akafumba said it was a shame that the MMD in 20 years failed to provide sanitation for some people in Livingstone.
"If Livingstone was a patient it would be in intensive care unit with multiple organ complication. We do not have a modern market and some residents do not have access to sanitation. I will lobby government to improve the lives of the people," said Akafumba.