‘‘THOSE who are wishing me to be politically dead are living in a cocoon of past glory because the people of Sinazongwe know what I have done for them and will not discard me regardless of which party I am to contest on,’’ Sinazongwe United Party for National Development (UPND) Member of Parliament Richwell Siamunene has charged.
Mr. Siamunene, who is also Minister of Defence, said it was wishful thinking for the UPND to present a picture that it would have an outright victory in Sinazongwe because he understood better the political scenario on the ground than they did, adding that the party will have a rude shock if they continued to bank on the 2011 voting pattern.
He said while it was undisputed that Sinazongwe was a UPND stronghold, it was wrong for the party to brag about past glory because the political scenario in the constituency had drastically changed.
He said the UPND was not a determinant for his stay in politics as he had his personal and political acumen that would sell him as an individual rather than depending on the party name to sell himself to the electorate.
“If they think that my political career is dependent on them, then they will be shocked because I will continue even beyond 2016. They are depending on the past records but you know that there are a lot of political dynamics in Sinazongwe. People change from time to time but they do not understand what I am talking about because they don’t know. I have been on the ground.
“What I have done for the people in the area is too much and there is no way they cannot give me another mandate even when I stand on a different ticket rather than the UPND. They (UPND) are not God and so they cannot determine my political career,” Mr. Siamunene said.
He said he was sailing high in his political career and that no amount of negative talk will force him to back down because he believed in God who had helped him attain everything he had in life.
He said he had never regretted working with the Patriotic Front (PF) Governmnet because the ruling party had demonstrated that it was an all-inclusive entity that believed in unity of purpose regardless of political affiliation or tribe a person came from.
“God is the only one who will determine what happens next in my life. I believe he has a great plan for me. Those who are wishing me bad luck let them continue but time will be my best judge,” he said.