Beware of fake campaign promises, says Nawakwi

OPPOSITION Forum for Democracy and Developemnt (FDD) president Edith Nawakwi has warned political party leaders against issuing fake promises to the electorates during campaigns.

And Ms Nawakwi has demanded that Acting President Guy Scott relieves Edgar Lungu of his portfolios as Minister of Defense and Justice because it gives him advantgesabove all presidential candidates.

Speaking during a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday Ms Nawakwi said Zambia was experiencing high poverty levels because of the unfulfilled promises made by politicians during campaigns.

Ms Nawakwi expressed concern over fake promises which were being made by political leaders across the country, adding that they had the potential to promote high poverty levels.

Ms Nawakwi said FDD has always avoided making promises which it could not fulfil in order to help alleviate high poverty levels.

She said it was high time politicians started telling Zambians the truth during campaigns in order to help them improve their lives.

“I will never promise Zambians what is not in my basket as is the case with other political parties who are promising street venders that they will remain where they are,” she said.

Ms Nawakwi said Dr Scott should immediately act and do what was morally right by relieving Mr Lungu of his two positions because he was a threat to the country’s peace and security.

She expressed worry that Mr Lungu might not accept defeat when he loses the fourthcoming presidential election  due to the influence he has over the defence and security wings.

Ms Nawakwi urged Mr Lungu to resign on moral grounds so that he (Lungu) could face his opponents on the same level playing field.

Ms Nawakwi further charged that PF had brought the country on its knees due to its reckless borrowing.

She said giving them a second chance would be detrimental to the  country’s social warfare.

Ms Nawakwi said it was unfortunate that farmers were still spending nights at a Cavmont Bank in Mansa waiting to be paid their dues by Government.