In this audio, PF Secretary General Davies Mwila challenges the ruling party leadership in Western Province to explain why they lost the 2016 elections “terribly” despite getting a lot of money for campaigns.
And Mwila who is on party mobilisation tour in the province also paid a courtesy call on the Litunga.
Speaking when he addressed the party leadership in Mongu today, Mwila demanded to know what went wrong for the ruling party to lose the elections in the region where President Edgar Lungu’s running mate (Inonge Wina) hails from.
He said the party spent a lot of money to ensure that it recorded good results in the last elections, while government had delivered the famous Mongu-Kalabo Road project.
“We are here chairman to come and talk to our people, the elected structures and find out what went wrong during the last general elections, in that we had pumped in alot of money, a lot of resources. We gave you the vice-president which was big and we didn’t expect to loose. Because if the province is given a running mate, we don’t expect to loose. That is my understanding,” said Mwila.
“We gave you Mongu-Kalabo [road] which was the most expensive project in Zambia. And we lost terribly. What went wrong? Is it about development? Or is it about…I don’t know. So those are the questions that we are asking. Do the people of Western province want development if they are to vote for us? But if we give them development then we loose, then what do they want?”
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And in a statement issued by PF media director Sunday Chanda, Mwila paid a courtesy call on the King of Barotseland, Lubosi Imwiko II, who he assured of the ruling party’s support in developing the region.
“Honourable Mwila who is in Western Province from 14th to 21st October 2017 on party mobilization, assured the Litunga that the ruling party under the leadership of His Excellency President Edgar Chagwa Lungu was committed to uniting Zambia and taking development to all parts of the country. Honourable Mwila emphasised that Zambians must unite above tribe, gender or any other consideration,” Chanda quoted Mwila as saying.
“And the Kuta welcomed the PF delegation in the Province and emphasized unity among the people. They also indicated that they were ready to work with the party in power in accelerating development in all the 16 districts in the province using them as centres of development. They were also grateful that the party Secretary General was interested in understanding the development challenges and to take stock of the development registered in the province so far.”