The three include Joseph Lungu ,the man who caused the bye-election by resigning as an Independent MP to join the ruling PF shortly after he was elected, former area MP and ex- Science and Vocational training minister Peter Daka and Shadreck Banda who is representing the United National Independence Party (UNIP).
Meanwhile, UNIP has charged that the former ruling MMD will have insufficient time to campaign in the Msanzala by-election because the will be busy facing various charges of corruption.
UNIP Eastern Province Chairperson Donald Sakala said the former ruling party has its own problems that need to be resolved in the courts of Law before they can contest and win an election.
Mr Sakala also charged that the ruling PF candidate for the Msanzala seat Joseph Lungu has proved to the people of Msanzala that he is a failure because he resigned one month after his being elected.
He told journalist shortly after the UNIP candidate Shadreck Banda filed in his nomination at Mawanda Basic School this morning that UNIP is the only party with a credible candidate who is a local person and has the interest of the electorate at heart.
Mr Sakala noted that Mr Banda lives within the constituency and understands the needs of the people of Msanzala.
And Mr Banda said he will take advantage of the delayed payment of monies owed to farmers by the Food reserve Agency (FRA) against the ruling PF and the low morale of the MMD after the loss of the
elections in its campaigns.
“We shall take advantage of the problems and the failures of the MMD and the PF as we campaign for the Msanzala seat,” he said.
But MMD Provincial chairperson Ezekiel Mtonga has denied allegations that party will not have enough time to campaign due to the court cases saying it is unfortunate that UNIP wants to use false
allegations to denounce the his party.
Mr Mtonga said in an interview that the MMD will have enough time to campaign for the seat adding that the party will base its campaigns on the developments that took place in the constituency during the time that it was in office.
“The first ruling party should not align itself with unsubstantiated stories against the MMD as it is still strong and capable of winning the Msanzala seat. ”
And MMD candidate, Peter Daka has accused Colonel Lungu of winning last year’s elections because he used MMD’s party structures, adding that, he used violence during his campaigns.
He said the MMD was confident of winning the by-election because its supporters still had confidence in the former ruling party.