Time Posted: August 14, 2014 1:18 pm
PF Members welcome Vice President Dr. Guy Scott (r) at arrival at Kaoma air strip to drum up support ahead of the forthcoming Mangango August 19 2014, Parliamentary bye elections in Kaoma District, Western Province
Vice president Guy Scott has arrived in Kaoma district to boost campaigns for PF candidate Rogers Lingweshi in next Tuesday’s Mangango parliamentary by-elections.
Dr Scott, who torched down at Kaoma airstrip slightly after 11:00 this morning, was received by several ministers led by Gender Minister Inonge Wina, regional security chiefs and party cadres before proceeding to Mumu’s Guest House where he briefly addressed the press.
Dr Scott said that he was satisfied the that the presence of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema in Kaoma undermined peace in the area, alleging that the opposition party leader had moved in with 15 youths who were causing the violence.
He said government will not tolerate any form of violence in any locality and called on police to bring the perpetrators to book.
And PF campaign manager Obvious Mwaliteta said the ruling party has reported ten cases of violence against the UPND to the police in Kaoma and dockets have been opened for the perpetrators.
Mr Mwaliteta said the situation in the area is calm since Mr Hichilema left; adding that the UPND had resorted to violence because of the resistance the opposition party is facing from the people of Mangango to accept them.
He said the UPND were instigating violence in the hope that the Electoral Commission of Zambia would cancel the by-elections though the PF has been campaigning peacefully.
And Ms Wina, who is also PF national chairperson, said the ruling party leaders have been urging their cadres to exercise restraint and remain tolerant event in the wake violent attacks.
The Nalolo lawmaker said she feared that there might be voter apathy as a result of the violence but was hopeful that the turnout would be good as the vice president’s presence will boost the morale of the people.
After the brief stopover, Vice president Scott later proceeded to Limbotwa and Mulundu areas in Mangango constituency where he is scheduled to hold campaign rallies.