PF optimistic of scooping Vubwi constituency by-election

The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in Eastern province has expressed hope of winning the Vubwi constituency by-election that is expected to take place in the near future.

PF Provincial Chairperson, Lameck Mangani said Vubwi constituency had fertile ground for the ruling party to win the election because of the various development activities that are currently taking place.

Mr Mangani said the road that is being upgraded from gravel to bituminous level is one of the developmental activities that the ruling PF is undertaking which would be able to convince the electorate to vote for the ruling party.

Mr Mangani was speaking in an interview in Chipata today.

Mr Mangani also said the party was ready for the other two by-elections in Petauke Central and Malambo constituencies.

“We will be able to sweep the by-elections, especially in Vubwi which has a fertile ground because it is new, where a lot of development such as tarring of the road from Mwami turn off to Vubwi through to Chadiza is taking place, which is being credited to the ruling party,’’ he said.

Mr Mangani hoped that the court could make a ruling over the Petauke Central and Malambo constituencies as soon as possible so that the three by-elections in the province could be held at the same time.

And the PF in Eastern province has explained that the squabbles that are going on in the ruling party were a sign that the party was active.

Regional Chairperson, Lameck Mangani said squabbles were there in the party to ensure checks and balances.

“Nobody should think that the PF has problems. People should not think that the ruling party is losing ground but we just hope that the problem can be resolved as soon as possible so that we concentrate on development,’’ he said.

Some members of the ruling party have been calling for disciplinary action to be taken against party Secretary General, Wynter Kabimba for allegedly forming parallel structures within the party where he is also linked to the formation of the Fourth Republican Party.

But Mr Mangani said the Eastern province did not have concrete evidence whether the party in question existed or not, adding that it was a strange issue in the province. / ZANIS