Zambia:”No time to respond to any mudslinging and innuendos throwns”,Says Pavyuma Kalobo

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By Bright Chikele:

WUSAKILE Independent parliamentary candidate Pavyuma Kalobo has said he will not be responding to any mudslinging and innuendos thrown at him by opponents because he has better things to tell the people of the constituency than resorting to character assassination.
And Mr Kalobo has advised his supporters in various parts of the constituency to campaign peacefully and resist any provocation that they might encounter as they campaign for him.
Mr Kalobo was reacting to his supporters who complained that supporters of PF candidate Ackson Simwizye were insulting him, while pulling down President Edgar Lungu’s posters stuck next to Mr Kalobo’s.
According to Mr Simwizye’s supporters, putting Mr Kalobo’s posters next to those of President Lungu was giving advantage to the Independent candidate.
The pulling down of President Lungu’s poster which was stuck next to Mr Kalobo’s poster was also confirmed by a senior PF provincial official who declined to be quoted, but promised to talk to Mr Simwizye and his supporters over their conduct.
“Yes, I have also heard about that. That is very disturbing. I will investigate it and if it is true, then I have to issue a stern warning to the supporters of Mr Simwizye. Pulling down posters is not good, especially the poster of our President,” said the PF provincial official.
And reacting to the complaints from his supporters, Mr Kalobo said he was praying to God to continue giving him wisdom, humility and maturity to ignore any provocation from his rivals ahead of the August 11 elections.
Mr Kalobo said he would not respond to any mudslinging and innuendos against him from fellow parliamentary candidates because he had better things to tell the people of Wusakile than resorting to character assassination.
“I don’t want to be in the news because I am responding to character assassination. But I want to be in the news for talking about something progressive. So I will not be responding to any mudslinging and innuendos against me from fellow parliamentary candidates because I have better things to tell the people of Wusakile than resorting to character assassination.
“My target is not those fellow candidates who are insulting me, but my target is the people of Wusakile constituency whom I am asking to give me a vote. I am praying to God to give me wisdom so that if elected MP on August 11, I will  not betray the trust and confidence of the people of Wusakile who will vote for me,” Mr Kalobo said.
And Mr Kalobo has advised his supporters in various parts of the constituency to campaign peacefully and resist any provocation that they might encounter as they campaign for him.
“I am not boasting, but I think I have been in politics for many years than the people who are insulting me. I think the most important thing is to be humble and ignore and resist provocation, especially when you know the motive behind a person who is provoking you.
“So, even you, my supporters, I am pleading with you to campaign peacefully and resist any provocation that you may encounter as you campaign for me, campaign for Mayor Christopher Kangombe and President Edgar Lungu who are equally humble leaders. We need President Lungu for the next five years. Tell the people that we need President Lungu,” he said.

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