Patriotic Front (PF) Secretary General Wynter Kabimba was in Livingstone at the weekend campaigning and begging Residents to vote for the PF candidate Lawrence Evance ahead of this weeks’ postponed parliamentary by election contrary to the directives by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).
The ECZ ordered that there would be n0 campaigns of any form as the last deadline for convassing of votes among political parties still stood as at Tuesday 26 February when campaigns came to an official end.
ECZ chairperson Judge Ireen Mambilima directed that there will be no campaigns because the campaign period ended on 26th February 2013.
Judge Mambilima said that political parties participating in the Livingstone by election must heed to the ban of the campaigns.
But Mr. Kabimba who is also Justice Minister pleaded with the people of Livingstone yesterday asking them to vote for the PF candidate in the by-election.He accused the UPND of running out of members and turning to violent activities.
Mr. Kabimba said that the decision by the UPND to adopted former Katombola Member of Parliament Regina Musokotwane as the candidate for the Livingstone by-election slated for Thursday this week was a clear indication that the party had run out of members.
Mr. Kabimba who was speaking on a live programme on Falls FM radio yesterday said that the next time the UPND contest an election it will end up fielding its party president Hakainde Hichilema due to lack of membership.
“UPND has run out of members and this is why they have imported a candidate from somewhere else to stand in Livingstone,” he said.“The next time there is an election it will be HH himself who will be forced to contest because they have no members. She was an MP in Katombola for ten years what has she done, nothing,” he said.
He criticized the idea by the UPND leadership of expelling their members of parliament who are willing to work with the PF Government.
Mr. Kabimba said that the decision will also lead to the party losing all their members and will leave the UPND with one person.
“I would like to thank UPND members who are moving to PF and the decision of expelling MPs will finish UPND. One will remain alone,” Mr. Kabimba said. The minister was in Livingstone to drum up support for their candidate in this Thursday’s election Lawrence Evans.He pleaded with the people of Livingstone to vote for the PF if they wanted development and that the by-election was an image building for tourism.