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Scott deplores political violence

From YANDE SYAMPEYO in Kaoma
VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott says the law should take its course on perpetrators of all forms of violence across the country.
Dr Scott said Government will not tolerate violence in any locality and has since challenged police to bring to book perpetrators of the vice.
The Vice-President said this here yesterday when he addressed the press at Mumu’s Lodge.
Dr Scott arrived in the district around 11:30 hours to drum up support for PF candidate Rogers Lingweshi in the August 19 Mangango parliamentary by-election.
Dr Scott alleged that United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema “moved in with some rough youths to cause violence”.
He, however, said he is happy PF youths restrained themselves from the violent behaviour of the opposition political party.
“That kind of behaviour was meant to intimidate the electorate from voting.
“God help us, if the UPND ever come into power with this kind of behaviour, Zambia would not be a country to live in,” he said.
PF campaign manager Obvious Mwaliteta alleged that the situation in the constituency has calmed after the departure of Mr Hichilema.
Mr Mwaliteta claimed that the opposition party had resorted to violence because people had allegedly rejected it.
He alleged that the UPND is instigating violence in the hope that the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) will cancel the election.
“As PF, we will continue to campaign peacefully because we see no need to cause violence. We are also grateful that the ECZ has allowed this election to proceed despite the pockets of violence that was recorded,” Mr Mwaliteta said.
PF national chairperson Inonge Wina fears there might be voter apathy as a result of violence that was recorded recently.
Ms Wina, however, is hopeful the presence of Dr Scott will motivate people to cast their vote.
And Mr Mwaliteta has implored PF members to explain to the people of Mangango and Western Province in general the various developmental projects Government is undertaking in the area.
Mr Mwaliteta said there are a number of projects being undertaken in the province, which members of the ruling party should take interest in and educate the locals.
He said this on Wednesday when he addressed branch leaders from 20 wards in Chilombo area.
Mr Mwaliteta said Government recently signed contracts for the construction of Kaoma-Kasempa and Lukulu-Katunda roads, in which a number of jobs will be created for the youth.
He added that Government has also embarked on an ambitious programme to electrify Mangango constituency and that a new drilling rig had also been delivered in the area to sink boreholes in Kaoma, Mulobezi and Senanga.
Mr Mwaliteta said Government wants to ensure people access clean drinking water to reduce waterborne diseases.
“President Sata cares so much for this province. Just recently, a brand new X-ray machine was installed at Kaoma District Hospital, hence there will be no need for people to travel to Mongu to access the service,” he said.
And UNIP says it is not an underdog in the Mangango by-election as perceived by other political parties.
Western Province vice chairperson Bornstone Lubasi said the party has very high chances of scooping the seat as its candidate is the only woman in the race and has a sound character.
Meanwhile, ECZ has delivered 18,000 ballot papers for next week’s by-election in Mangango.
Mangango constituency has 17,157 registered voters with 30 polling stations.
The ballot papers with other election material were delivered at Kaoma District Council yesterday.
Deputy Council Secretary Kingsley Mutayachalo received the ballots in the presence of representatives of political parties participating in the by-election.
Those represented were the PF, UPND,UNIP, 4TH Republican Party and the MMD.

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