Lungu disowns Independent candidate

By Nation Reporter

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday disowned an independent candidate in Samfya Mr Jewis Chabi for trying to bring confusion in the ruling party after he was left out during the adoption process.

Addressing a mammoth rally, President Lungu said he was disappointed with Mr Chabi who had been going round telling residents that he (Lungu) had endorsed him for the Chipili constituency.

Mr Lungu publicly denounced Mr Chabi and said that at no time did he endorse him for Chipili.

“How can we work with someone who is an Independent candidate?” he asked.

Earlier matters came to a boil after Home Affairs minister Davis Mwila’s supporters publicly clashed with those of Mr Chabi just before the Head of State arrived to address the rally.

Mr Chabi’s cadres had gone to the rally to tell President Lungu that Mr Mwila who had accompanied President Lungu during his current tour of Luapula Province had been rejected by the people of Chipili in preference to Mr Chabi.

Mr Chabi had initially applied to stand on the PF ticket but was not adopted by the party’s central committee in preference to Mr Mwila, forcing him to stand as an Independent.

Cadres from the two camps fought running battles with the use of stones until Mr Chabi’s group was defeated.

But Mr Mwila’s supporters kept on shouting to the President as he was addressing the crowd that it was Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba who had been influencing Mr Chabi to challenge Mr Mwila.

President Lungu said Mr Mwila had been a member of the PF since 2001 and there was no way he could have not picked him.

President Lungu said he was not stupid to endorse an Independent candidate in Chipili.

And Mr Mwila said President Lungu was the first PF President Lungu to have visited Chipili constituency.

He said late President Michael Sata last visited Chipili in 2006.

Mr Mwila urged the residents to vote for President Lungu and the candidates who were standing on PF ticket in Chipili.

Earlier in Samfya, President Lungu addressed rallies in Chifimbuli and Lunga constituency before addressing his last rally of the day in Chipili to drum up support for Mr Mwila.

In Samfya, President Lungu warned that if they voted for a named opposition political party its leadership would only come to steal money from Zambians.

Lungu disowns Independent candidate

By Nation Reporter

PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu yesterday disowned an independent candidate in Samfya Mr Jewis Chabi for trying to bring confusion in the ruling party after he was left out during the adoption process.

Addressing a mammoth rally, President Lungu said he was disappointed with Mr Chabi who had been going round telling residents that he (Lungu) had endorsed him for the Chipili constituency.

Mr Lungu publicly denounced Mr Chabi and said that at no time did he endorse him for Chipili.

“How can we work with someone who is an Independent candidate?” he asked.

Earlier matters came to a boil after Home Affairs minister Davis Mwila’s supporters publicly clashed with those of Mr Chabi just before the Head of State arrived to address the rally.

Mr Chabi’s cadres had gone to the rally to tell President Lungu that Mr Mwila who had accompanied President Lungu during his current tour of Luapula Province had been rejected by the people of Chipili in preference to Mr Chabi.

Mr Chabi had initially applied to stand on the PF ticket but was not adopted by the party’s central committee in preference to Mr Mwila, forcing him to stand as an Independent.

Cadres from the two camps fought running battles with the use of stones until Mr Chabi’s group was defeated.

But Mr Mwila’s supporters kept on shouting to the President as he was addressing the crowd that it was Foreign Affairs minister Harry Kalaba who had been influencing Mr Chabi to challenge Mr Mwila.

President Lungu said Mr Mwila had been a member of the PF since 2001 and there was no way he could have not picked him.

President Lungu said he was not stupid to endorse an Independent candidate in Chipili.

And Mr Mwila said President Lungu was the first PF President Lungu to have visited Chipili constituency.

He said late President Michael Sata last visited Chipili in 2006.

Mr Mwila urged the residents to vote for President Lungu and the candidates who were standing on PF ticket in Chipili.

Earlier in Samfya, President Lungu addressed rallies in Chifimbuli and Lunga constituency before addressing his last rally of the day in Chipili to drum up support for Mr Mwila.

In Samfya, President Lungu warned that if they voted for a named opposition political party its leadership would only come to steal money from Zambians.

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