ZAMBIANS want the Patriotic Front to continue with its programmes of nation building and the agenda of true reconciliation under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu, PF candidate in the Petauke parliamentary by-election Dora Siliya has said.
Ms Siliya said it would be risky for the people of Zambia to again take an experimental route in the governance of the nation by allowing the opposition to govern.
Addressing a meeting in Petauke Central, Ms Siliya said Zambia and the people of Petauke in particular were luck that the leaders God gave them had a passion for them.
“People still want the PF to finish its mandate and more importantly the change they want is showing signs or fruits. We need to move together with the people and as leaders that is the responsibility which we have. Let’s not leave our people behind otherwise we shall not be called leaders,” she said.
Ms. Siliya said she was confident that she would scoop the Petauke seat on the PF ticket and continue to represent the people in that constituency with the purpose of developing the area.
She said people in Petauke needed to support President Lungu to benefit from the national cake.
Ms. Siliya said the people of Petauke deserved better, adding that it should not be politics all the time but development.
“This country has too many challenges and among them the issues of youths and unemployment stand high. We need to fight this poverty and create or give hope to our people by making proper decisions. This selfish type of politics by our friends in the opposition will not help,” she said.
Ms. Siliya pledged to work towards youth empowerment, women and child rights advocacy through the provision of skills and other hands-on programmes.
“We are winning Petauke and the people have spoken here. There is no room for the opposition. Petauke works with Government and not the opposition. We want to empower our women, the youth groups and others whose vision fit into President Lungu’s national agenda,” she said.
Ms Siliya said it was not by chance that she was adopted by the PF to contest in Petauke but that she had the love for the people of Petauke at heart and her desire was to see the area develop.
“We in the PF are offering development and as a party in power we have access to national coffers for programmes such as youth empowerment, women empowerment and funds for infrastructure development and other developmental activities. We want to also improve on the agriculture sector and the way we do our marketing of farm produce. So the PF is the party in the driving seat to deliver all that,” said Ms. Siliya.