NATIONAL Restoration Party president Elias Chipimo says the climate in Feira is one of serious intimidation by the Patriotic Front.
In an interview on Tuesday after his party failed to hold a public meeting at Luangwa market, Chipimo said the PF was intimidating people, with the hope of creating voter apathy.
Chipimo blamed the PF for the failure by his party to hold a meeting.
“The expectation when you are holding a rally is that people don’t have transportation and you have to be able to bring the people who want to attend the rally from faraway places. When the PF are holding their rallies, everything is available, but when NAREP comes they have shut off all the fuel and they have told all the transporters that they must not provide local transport. This has completely made our work difficult,” Chipimo complained.
Chipimo singled out Luangwa district commissioner Ernie Mumba as the person behind the challenges his party had been facing.
“He must be the one to explain even when we look at other strange activities which are taking place. The finger seems to be pointing to the same office. We have lodged complaints with the Electoral Commission of Zambia and they are fully aware of all of these things,” Chipimo said.
He said that despite the challenges, NAREP was still in the field and would ensure that their message of genuine change, issue based politics, and young leaders with fresh ideas, reach the people of Feira.
“Our candidate is the most popular of all the candidates that are here and he presents the biggest threat as we have seen even on the threats on his life, the attempts to bribe him and make him defect. Fortunately we have selected a candidate who is God fearing and has stood firm,” said Chipimo.