A MASSIVE vote for President Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front (PF) in the August general elections will consign the apostles and high priests of divisions, malice and hatred in Zambia to the garbage heap of history, Finance Minister Alexander Chikwanda has predicted.
Mr Chikwanda has chastised proponents of hatred, nihilistic malice and spiteful campaigns, stating that Zambians were no longer interested in political language that was less than palatable because they desired issues and uniting speech.
Mr Chikwanda has asked Chipata residents and the people of Eastern Province in general to turn up in large numbers and endorse the developmental agenda of the PF by voting for the leadership of President Lungu on August 11, 2016.
Mr Chikwanda reminded party officials and cadres that they had a duty to ensure peaceful campaigns and promote peace and unity in the country.
Mr Chikwanda, who is also PF central committee member, told party members that they should always remember that democracy was about tolerance and accommodation.
“A massive vote for the PF will consign the apostles and high priest of division, malice and hate to the rightful place, the garbage heap of history,” Mr Chikwanda said.
Mr Chikwanda told Chipata resident to ensure that President Lungu was given the mandatory 50 per cent plus 1 vote in August because the Head of State had demonstrated good leadership qualities by being a humble servant of the people who epitomized the essence and spirit of human fellowship.
He appealed to all Eastern Province PF members to desist from engaging in violence ahead of the general elections.
Mr Chikwanda told party officials and cadres who gathered in Lwangeni constituency yesterday to resist any temptations of engaging in violent campaigns as the nation goes to the polls in August.
Mr Chikwanda said members should embrace peace, unity and tolerance in order to deal with the opposition at the ballot.
Mr Chikwanda said the opposition should be dealt with at the ballot box as opposed to violence.
Earlier, Mr Chikwanda toured Paramount Chief Mpezeni’s four-bedroomed executive house currently under construction at his palace.
Meanwhile, Eastern Province permanent secretary Chanda Kasolo has warned civil servants in the area against engaging in partisan politics ahead of the general elections.
Mr Chanda said his office had received information that some civil servants were practicing partisan politics and investigations have since been instituted.
Mr Kasolo warned that any civil servant found wanting would be dismissed immediately.
He said civil servants were only supposed to serve the government of the day.