LIVINGSTONE deserves a better parliamentarian, says PF’s Muleta Ikuka.
In an interview, Ikuka, 39, who is one of the PF members aspiring for the Livingstone parliamentary seat, urged Zambians to criticality scrutinise the parliamentary candidates.
“We, under President Edgar Lungu, have seen the developmental projects that the Head of State has embarked on at national level. So we need to bring these to local levels in wards and villages. To this end, I say we in Livingstone deserve a better member of parliament who can be able to deliver to the expectations of the people,” Ikuka said.
He advised people against experimenting with leadership.
Ikuka said President Lungu wants to work with everyone.
He called for peaceful elections in August.
“I appeal to my fellow youths that we should not put violence first, we are the future leaders and if we engage in violence, we cannot be good leaders,” IKuka said.
He added he was inspired to aspire for the parliamentary seat by women, youths and the elderly people of Livingstone.
Ikuka said the clergy also had been urging him to contest the seat since 2017.
“My decision was arrived at after I took a consultative tour of the city and many people agreed that I should offer myself for adoption. They said that they are tired and fed up of people who seem to be in transit. Livingstone people say they want a person with leadership qualities like I have hence my decision to offer myself as the biblical Moses, who is ready to deliver the people of Livingstone from the bondage of their sufferings,” he said.
Ikuka, a husband and father of three daughters, said during his consultative meetings, he discovered that Livingstone residents: “are not tribal as alleged by certain quarters of society.”
“They only desire a person of high calibre to represent them in Parliament,” said Ikuka.