GOD’S grace is with the National Democratic Congress and come 2021 the party will form government, Roan member of parliament Joseph Chishala has declared. Chishala has promised the people of Zambia that his party is more than resolved to alleviate the many challenges the country is facing in line with its leader Chishimba Kambwili’s agenda for a better Zambia. The NDC’s first member of parliament says since poverty levels have reached unprecedented levels there is no need to sit back and watch the situation degenerate.
Addressing congregants at Charismatic Revival Embassy Church on Sunday, Chishala urged Christians to walk with the NDC in ensuring that government was changed in 2021. Chishala, who is also NDC national chairperson for labour, was at the Roan Constituency based church to thank Christians for giving him a vote in last month’s parliamentary by-election where he emerged winner. He said he was worried about the narrowing democratic space in the country following police denial to grant him a permit to hold a thanksgiving rally following his victory in elections that was marred by violence and intimidation.
Chishala lamented at the Zambia Police’s selective application of the public order Act to deny the NDC the right to hold public rallies across the country.
He said going by the behaviour of the police, it was evident that those in the corridors of power were worried about the growing popularity of the NDC, which he referred to as a baby born with teeth. Chishala said his door-to-door and church visitation remained the only option so that he would thank people for voting him.
He pledged to interact with residents and discuss their problems at his constituency office, just like his predecessor Kambwili. Chishala described the action towards his party and all those with different views as extremely unfair, undemocratic and retrogressive.
Chishala polled 8,665 to scoop the Roan seat beating.
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