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Ignore prophets of doom – Scott

FLASH BACK: Patriotic Front member Edgar Ngoma, PF Eastern Province chairperson Atan Mwaamba, PF Vubwi aspiring candidate Gideon Zulu, Vice-President Guy Scott, Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone and Deputy Minister of Labour Rayford Mbulo at the funeral house of the late Chipisani Ngoma of Chatewo Village on Friday. - Picture by COLLINS PHIRI.

From COLLINS PHIRI in Kasenengwa
VICE-President Guy Scott has appealed to residents of Chinunda and Pwata to ignore prophets of doom that are claiming the PF will not deliver on its promises.
Dr Scott also said Government will continue according respect to former presidents Dr Kaunda and Rupiah Banda.
“People were saying Dr Kaunda will come back to power but where is he?” he asked.
The Vice-President was speaking when he held rallies in the two areas to drum up support for PF candidate Gideon Zulu for Thursday’s by-election.
Also in contention for the seat are United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate Timothy Nyirenda, Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Victoria Kalima and Khumbiza Daka, who is standing on the United National Independence Party (UNIP) ticket.
Earlier, Dr Scott cancelled meetings he had in the area to attend funerals of the late Isiche Banda in Kasala and Chipisani Banda in Chatewo village.
He also visited Food Reserve Agency depots in Kasenengwa constituency and assured the farmers that FRA would continue to purchase maize contrary to rumours that the agency has run out of money.
And Eastern Province Minister Malozo Sichone has warned members of co-operatives against being involved in politics at the expense of development.
Mr Sichone said people are yearning for development and appealed to people in Eastern Province to rally behind President Sata.
Mr Zulu assured that if voted as MP, he would ensure improvement of the road network and the sinking of boreholes among several other projects.
Meanwhile, CHAMBO NG’UNI in Luano reports that MMD is confident that its candidate in the September 11 Mkushi South parliamentary by-election Sydney Chisanga will be re-elected.
The Mkushi South by-election is being contested by Mr Chisanga, Davies Chisopa of PF and Agness Ngundu of UPND.
MMD Luano district chairperson Daniel Pupwe said his party is geared for the by-election and is confident of winning.
Mr Pupwe said in an interview here yesterday that Mr Chisanga’s campaign is going on well and he promises to deliver once elected.
“For us as MMD, our campaigns are going on well and we are confident of winning this seat,” Mr Pupwe said.
Mr Pupwe said among the issues Mr Chisanga will concentrate on if elected is improving the water situation in some parts of the constituency.
The Mkushi South parliamentary election of Mr Chisanga was nullified in December last year after the Supreme Court set aside the ruling of the Kabwe High Court that declared him winner in 2011.
And the UPND is happy that the Mkushi South campaigns are peaceful.
“I hope this is what is happening everywhere else where there are by-elections,” UPND national youth coordinator Kenny Ng’ona said in a statement.
“We in the UPND will practise violence-free campaigns and we are asking the police to continue protecting us as we draw closer to the polling day. No youth should be used as a tool of violence in these by-elections. I’m appealing to all political parties to use youths in foot-soldiering and not panga fighting,” he said.

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