THE Patriotic Front is having a tough time selling its candidates who are not liked by the grassroots, says UPND candidate in Chimwemwe constituency Ronald Manenga.
Manenga said the PF had an uphill battle selling their candidates on the Copperbelt and many other parts of the country as they were not popular on the ground.
He said the PF would be lucky to get even four seats on the Copperbelt because most of their candidates were rejects at local level and were only imposed on the people by the Central Committee.
“The PF candidates that were imposed on the people are not sellable; they are not wanted by the people. The PF has even resorted to using the police to block our campaigns after seeing that they are not wanted here. We were scheduled to have a roadshow in my constituency here in Chimwemwe but after they got wind of it, they instructed the police that the procession should not go ahead. They managed to block us but after talking to them, they gave us a go-ahead, which was later revoked saying Madam Inonge Wina would be in town. We don’t need a permit to have a roadshow but their schemes are to frustrate us since their rallies were not a success,” Manenga said.
He said the PF were desperate because they were failing to make an impact and were now resorting to using the police to intimidate UPND.
“They are infringing on our rights to campaign. The position on the ground is that the PF candidates are not wanted; they should learn a lesson from this. People have just been observing and now it’s time they took a dose from their own medicine and if they think intimidation will work for them, they are lying to themselves because it will not work,” said Manenga.