Patriotic Front (PF) Ndola Central Member of Parliament (MP) and Labour minister Fackson Shamenda has expressed optimism that the ruling party will retain power in the forthcoming August 11 general elections.
Speaking to journalists in Livingstone yesterday, Mr. Shamenda said that Zambians should give the PF another mandate to run the affairs of the country.
“After the August elections, the PF will continue and I have no doubt about that. Let people support President Lungu and the government of the moment. It does not matter who is in State House. The party has done the best for the people of Zambia,” he said.
And in responding to a question on the issue of the Grade 12 certificate, which appears to have disadvantaged some MPs especially from the ruling party, Mr. Shamenda said there was a law in place which Zambians wanted and that those in the ruling party had an opportunity to securitize it.
“We will clean up some of those clauses in the future after people have tested them. We wanted people to see so that they don’t say that we (PF) failed to give them a constitution. We have done our part with my colleagues and it is not me as an individual but as a party,
“What is important is for the people of Zambia to give us another mandate. Even in a football match, you cannot substitute a player within the first half because that will mean that the player will not be given an opportunity to contribute to the team,” he said.
Mr. Shamenda further said that it was surprising that some Members of Parliament who worked with the PF were now leaving the party just because the PF has been challenged.
He said those leaving the ruling party were hoping the UPND they were joining would form new government.
Meanwhile, Mr. Shamenda said he was also sure to retain his seat after the elections because of the exceptional works which he together with the PF had done in the area.