PARLIAMENT heard yesterday that opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) are losers, used to losing elections and will not win the August 11 general elections.

And Higher Education Minister Michael Kaingu, while on the floor of the House, appealed to Zambians to pray for President Edgar Lungu in order for God to grant him another mandate.

Works and Communications Minister Yamfwa Mukanga told the House that come August 11 President Edgar Lungu would be the republican President.

Responding to UPND Katombola Member of Parliament Derrick Livune who alleged that PF government would be voted out of office in August and UPND would be the one to finish all its developmental projects, Mr Mukanga said that UPND was joking if it thought it could win the general elections.

Mr Livune had asked Mr Mukanga, in a follow-up question after he delivered a ministerial statement, how PF would finish the projects he was talking about when PF would be voted out of power in the next few months.

But Mr Mukanga said Mr Livune’s statement was a joke if he thought UPND would win the elections in August.

Mr Mukanga justified his statement by stating that UPND lost general elections in 2001, 2006, 2008, 2011 and the presidential by-election last year and that nothing will stop the opposition party from losing again this year.

He said President Lungu and the Patriotic Front had been mandated by people from all the 10 provinces of Zambia to deliver development across the country.

Mr Mukanga said the Patriotic Front had come to stay in government for the next 50 years.

In his statement to Parliament, Mr Mukanga said Government had recognized that infrastructure development was key to national development by facilitating growth in productive sectors such as agriculture, mining, manufacturing and tourism.

“Accordingly, the Government through the Ministry of Works and Supply, has embarked on a number of infrastructure development projects around the country,” Mr Mukanga said.

Meanwhile, Higher Education Minister Dr Kaingu yesterday appealed to Zambians to pray for President Lungu so that he could continue governing the country even after the polls in August.

Dr Kaingu said on October 18, 2015, President Lungu called for national prayers, fasting and reconciliation which God had now answered as the country was experiencing good rainfall in the recent past.

“Mr Speaker, this time around I want to appeal to the people of Zambia to pray to God so that President Lungu can continue being President of this country,” he said.

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