NDC vice-president Josephs Akafumba says Zambians must massively vote against the PF in 2021 as did Dundumwezi villagers in 2016 so as to have a chance of a dignified life. In an interview, Akafumba, who is a former justice permanent secretary and Southern Province PF provincial chairperson, said voting for the PF in 2021 will spell doom for many Zambians.
“I wake up every day imagining how a poor Zambian in Shangombo or Gwembe is getting on with his or her daily life with the ever-increasing prices of mealie-meal, I have been informed that in many areas of Western and Southern provinces, a bag of mealie-meal is costing over K120…. I know that very soon President Edgar Lungu and his ministers will start saying it is not him [President Lungu] who has caused draught that is affecting many areas. But the truth is that it is his leadership that has caused the poor planning in the agricultural sector, because in light of the impending starvation, our strategic food reserves should not have been allowed to be depleted to what they have,” he said.
“Many opposition leaders have been complaining of the PF’s poor planning of the agricultural sector from as far back as 2017, we should have stocked our food reserves adequately. As usual, what can one say of a leadership that informed Zambians that it had no vision for the country? This is a visionless regime and even in the Bible, I personally understand that there is chaos where there is no vision…. So to avoid chaos, Zambians need to make decisive decisions in 2021 by massively voting against the PF. We need all Zambians to behave the way the people of Kalomo’s Dundumwezi Constituency behaved in 2016 against the PF candidate Edgar Lungu. In this way, they will be assured of a dignified life,” Akafumba said.
He added that the NDC leadership led by Chishimba Kambwili would ensure that Zambians were made to smile again instead of waking up with gloomy faces not knowing where the next meal would come from. Akafumba, a prominent lawyer, also indicated that it was saddening to see the agriculture sector, which was supposed to replace the mining sector as Zambia’s main economic driver, being abused to an extent of making the farmers more poor than they were under the leadership of Michael Sata.
“It is sad to see our farmers, worse peasant farmers, getting to a point where they now will tell you that they have no vision of the agricultural sector under the PF leadership. Worse unemployment levels are ever increasing and so is crime because a youth has to eat, poverty levels are picking up speed everyday and when one goes into the rural areas, child pregnancies are over 60 per cent because parents have no choice but to marry off their girls due o high levels of poverty,” said Akafumba.