“VICTORY is certain and ours,”Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu has declared.
And Vice-President Guy Scott yesterday failed to attend the inaugural rally of the ruling party under Mr Lungu .
When contacted on why he was not in Kitwe with Mr Lungu, Dr Scott said he could not give an interview to the Daily Nation because according to him, mo…st of what the newspaper was publishing was wrong.
Launching his campaigns for the January presidential election yesterday at Freedom Park in Kitwe, Mr Lungu said his leadership would not abandon the vision of President Michael Sata but that he would endevour to reconstruct the PF and the country in the next one and half years.
But Mr Lungu cautioned that the PF would only be victorious if the ruling party reconciled and healed the differences that divided the party during the time the party was looking for a successor to President Sata.
Mr Lungu paid tribute to Kabwata Member of Parliament Given Lubinda, Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili, Wylbur Simuusa of Agriculture and Lusaka Mayor Mulenga Sata for putting aside their personal interests and joining him (Lungu) in the struggle of ensuring that the party remained in government.
Mr Lubinda, Mr Simusa, Mr Kambwili and Mr Sata were presidential contenders but yesterday, the quartet were part of the rally in Kitwe that was also attended by Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) president Frank Bwalya and People’s Party (PP) leader Mike Mulongoti.
He said the maxim of more money in the people’s pockets and more jobs would continue being propagated because Zambians had continued associating themselves with the PF which was a pro-poor government.
He said the mining sector should begin providing quality jobs to Zambians and avoid short and poor contractual jobs.
Mr Lungu said he wanted the mines to recommit themselves to developing real and visible social sporting facilities that have over the years been left in a state of degradation and dilapidation.
And PF national chairman Inonge Wina said the PF needed to be reconstructed and that would only be done if the leadership and general membership supported Mr Lungu who has been elected as the party president.
The rally was abandoned because of the rains.