By NANCY MWAPE
VICE-PRESIDENT Guy Scott says any parliamentary seat that the Patriotic Front (PF) will win in the forthcoming by-elections should be treated as a major victory for the ruling party.
â€œWhatever seat the PF wins in the September 11 parliamentary by-elections will be a victory because we are venturing into new grounds.
â€œOur victory in the Mangango parliamentary by-election recently is the beginning of hope and new life for PF,â€ Dr Scott said.
The Vice-President said this on arrival at Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula International Airport in Livingstone yesterday where he had gone to officially open a Commonwealth Magistratesâ€™ and Judges Association Conference.
Dr Scott, who was accompanied by his wife, Charlotte, was received by Southern Province Minister Daniel Munkombwe, Deputy Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry Keith Mukata, Livingstone mayor Milford Maambo, Livingstone district commissioner Omar Munsanje, town clerk Vivian Chikoti, senior government officials and PF supporters.
Dr Scott said it was good to be in Livingstone and out of the firing line of the five constituencies where the PF has been campaigning for parliamentary candidates over the last three weeks.
â€œThe work has been done and all that is remaining is for the electorate to cast the vote and wait for the results,â€ Dr Scott said.
He called for unity among members as the PF positions itself to win the 2016 general elections.
And Mr Munkombwe said he does not derive pleasure in the dismissal of former PF secretary-general Wynter Kabimba and this is why he did not encourage celebrations by cadres.
Mr Munkombwe welcomed the appointment of Minister of Defence Edgar Lungu as secretary-general whom he described as a neutral person and builder.
â€œMr Kabimba worked so hard for the party and he helped President Sata to win the 2011 general elections,â€ Mr Munkombwe said
He urged members to avoid internal squabbles and to focus on winning the 2016 general elections.
â€œMr Kabimba achieved a lot for the party and helped President Sata to win the 2011 elections. Mr Lungu must also assist President Sata to bounce back in 2016 and I am committed to that vision,â€ Mr Munkombwe said.
He said those calling for his removal for supporting Mr KabimbaÂ are â€œcheatsâ€ and do not mean well for the PF.
â€œI absolutely support President Sata and I want to thank him for appointing a liberal and neutral person in Mr Lungu, who is a builder,â€ Mr Munkombwe said.
By NANCY MWAPE