Campaigns for Feira by-election commence

 

Luangwa, May 23/13, ZANIS—–All the five aspiring parliamentary candidates for the forthcoming Feira Parliamentary Constituency in Luangwa District have successfully filed in their nomination papers today.

And all the aspiring candidates have expressed confidence of scooping the seat that fell vacant following the defection of the incumbent, Patrick Ngoma, to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

ZANIS reports that United Nation Independence Party (UNIP) candidate Charles Kanyama was the first to file in his nomination papers at exactly 09: 00 hours and was followed by National Restoration Party (NAREP) candidate, Samuel Sikaonga at 10:36 hours.

Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) candidate, Elias Phiri, who was accompanied by party president, Nevers Mumba and Elections chairperson, Kenneth Chipungu, filed his papers at 11;15 hours while United Party National Development(UPND) candidate, Eularia Zulu, filed hers at 13: 30 Hours.

Ruling PF candidate and immediate past MP, Patrick Ngoma, who was accompanied by Republican Vice President, Guy Scott, Willie Nsanda, Lusaka Province Minister, Freedom Sikazwe and Geoffrey Chuumbwe, filed his papers at 14:45 hours before the nomination closed at 16:00 hours.

And in separate interviews with ZANIS, UNIP candidate Charles Kanyama said he is happy that the party opted for him and pledged to deliver the seat for former ruling party.

Mr Kanyama said he is the only youthful candidate and energetic to address major concerns of carrying out development in the area.

Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) candidate Elias Phiri assured the electorates of massive development once voted into office while United Party National Development (UPND) candidate, Eularia Zulu, promised to undertake a baseline study to accelerate development in the area.

Ruling PF candidate and immediate past MP, Patrick Ngoma, explained that he defected to the PF because of the massive developmental projects the government had embarked on in his area.

Mr Ngoma further explained that President Sata’s all-inclusive approach to national development and the government’s developmental agenda in the constituency has seen unprecedented development during one-and-half years the PF has been in office.

The seat became vacant following the then MMD MP, Patrick Ngoma, to the PF last month.

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