THREE chiefs from Luapula Province have pledged to back Patriotic Front (PF) aspiring candidate, Anthony Kasandwe for this Thursday’s Bangweulu parliamentary by-election.
The three traditional leaders decided to endorse the PF Candidate because they are in support of President Edgar Lungu’s administration and want to see the area continue to develop under his leadership.
Senior chief Kalasamukoso of the Kabende people of Samfya, Chief Mibenge of the Ushi people of Mansa and sub Chief Mushili Mufwaya endorsed Mr Kasandwe when President Lungu paid a courtesy call on the chiefs yesterday.
President Lungu is in the area to drum-up support for Mr Kasandwe and is scheduled to hold public rallies today.
President Lungu, who appreciated the support by the chiefs, said chiefs had a role to play in contributing to meaningful social and economic development of the country.
“I want to recognise the role chiefs play in the development process of the country,” he said.
He said chiefs should not relent in promoting unity among their subjects regardless of their political affiliation.
Mr Lungu said he would promote agriculture especially fishing and livestock production because some investors in Saudi Arabia were interested in venturing in the business.
He said there was need to diversify from traditional maize farming to other crops.
“That is why I want to come in October to tour the area and see how best we can foster development and create more wealth for the people,” he said.
President Lungu would ensure that primary health care services were increased in the area.
Sub Chief Mushili, who spoke on behalf of other chiefs, said people in the area were in need of increased health services, a good road network and a secondary school as well as a police post.
Home Affairs Minister Davies Mwila, who is the campaign manager, Health deputy Minister Chitalu Chilufya and his Education and Mines counterparts Sydney Mushanga and Richard Musukwa accompanied the President.