IF Luapula Province is President Edgar Lungu’s bedroom like he has been made to believe then why doesn’t he sweep it? Bahati Constituency UPPZ candidate Clement Mwila has asked. Mwila says it is shocking that the people of Luapula and Bahati Constituency were suffering the effects of joblessness, unequal distribution of resources, and high prices of essential commodities and yet President Lungu was made to believe that the province is his “bedroom.”
“President Edgar Lungu has been deceived into believing that Luapula is his bedroom. How can you have a bedroom that you don’t sweep? How can you have a bed that you don’t make every morning?” Mwila asked.
The 33-year-old, who is seeking to replace Harry Kalaba as Bahati Constituency member of parliament, said greed and extravagant spending of national resources had brought suffering in the province. He said President Lungu had lied to the people that he would create 500,000 jobs but none of those had been seen in the Province.
“President Lungu comes here and says ‘I will reduce mealie-meal prices and I have reduced school fees’ but people still have no jobs, are people going to use papers to pay the school fees and buy mealie-meal?” Mwila asked.
He said the people of Bahati needed empowerment in terms of jobs and education, and not to be lied to. Mwila warned that he would embarrass President Lungu in Thursday’s by-election by whitewashing the PF candidate.
“We, as the UPPZ, are going to embarrass President Lungu,” he warned.
Mwila said people had been ferried from different parts of Luapula to attend President Lungu rallies and create an impression that he was popular.
“I want to tell President Lungu that on the ground, he’s not there. I am winning this election with or without the PF rigging,” he said.
Mwila said he wanted to improve access to education for the people of Bahati and empowerment for youths and women. He said Bahati needed a focused and energetic representative, who would speak on behalf of the constituents. Jerry Bwalya of UPND and Chalwe of the PF are also taking part in the by-election whose voting is set for this Thursday.