UPND Mulobezi parliamentary candidate in the June 30 by-election, Hastings Sililo, has described as a political gimmick the move by Government to work on the 210-kilometre stretch of Simungoma-Mulobezi road in his former constituency in Western Province.
The Government has engaged a contractor to re-grade and gravel the Simungoma-Mulobezi road and also clear the surrounding bush.
Last month, Government released K 500,000 for the maintenance of the Simungoma- Mulobezi road.
Western Province Minister Poniso Njeulu confirmed the release of the money and the commencement of the works on the road.
But with the by-election scheduled to take place next month, Mr Sililo has complained that the works were aimed at enticing voters.
The Mulobezi seat was nullified on account of corruption.
Mr Sililo said the sudden commencement of the re-grading and gravelling of the road and the clearing of the bush was merely a political campaign to woo the voters by the Patriotic Front.
He said he would defend his seat adding that no amount of tricks and lies would compel the electorate to vote for the PF candidate.
Mr Sililo said he was aware of the PF’s manoeuvres to frustrate the UPND but that his party was determined to carry the day on June 30.
He said for a long time, Government had never shown interest in working on the Simungoma-Mulobezi road but wondered the reason why the works must start now when there was a parliamentary by-election in the area. Mr Sililo charged that no amount of development tricks would make him fail to go to Parliament.
He claimed that his popularity in Mulobezi had gone beyond his expectation from the time that his seat was nullified.He said the people of Mulobezi were not happy with how the PF Government was administering the country’s resources.
Mr Sililo said he was optimistic that he would carry the day with a big margin.