VICE-PRESIDENT Inonge Wina has challenged people in North-Western Province to end the trend of voting for the opposition because they had not helped them develop the region.
Speaking when she addressed public rallies in Mufumbwe, Kasempa and Kalumbila on her continued marathon campaign trail, Ms Wina said time had come for the province to give the Patriotic Front (PF) an opportunity to develop the province.
The Vice-President said the region had lagged behind in terms of development due to the stance the people had taken of voting for the opposition over the years.
“A year ago, during a by-election, we were here and you rejected us. Give us PF candidates to work with and bring development to this region. You have been voting for the opposition for many years and that is why development has been eluding you. The people you vote for fail to represent you effectively,’’ Ms Wina said.
She said President Edgar Lungu and the PF were determined to develop the province and the country as a whole but were not getting the support and encouragement from the people of North-Western Province.
The Vice-President also appealed to the people in the province to continue with the peaceful campaigns ahead of the August 11 polls.
She said violence should not be tolerated as it had the potential to cause civil strife and make the country ungovernable.
“We only have one Zambia which we should guard and protect especially during this period,” she said.
Ms Wina is currently in North-Western Province for her campaigns and urged the people in the region to vote for the ruling party because it had demonstrated that it could be trusted for the next five years.