Kasama central will be test of pact popluarity-Lubinda

given_lubindaThe Patriotic Front and United Party for National Development (PF/UPND) pact says the Kasama Parliamentary by election will provide a litmus test for its popularity. Meanwhile, the PF/UPND Pact and the ruling MMD will tomorrow announce their candidates for the Kasama Central by election slated for October 15. Pact Co-spokesperson, Given Lubinda told ZANIS in an interview in Lusaka today that the Kasama parliamentary by –election will show case the popularity of the pact in the area. Mr. Lubinda said the pact has worked hard to ensure that it wins the forthcoming by – elections, this time around He said the pact has learned lessons from the Chitambo by-elections and has checked every threat adding that no stone has been left unturned. Mr. Lubinda, who is also PF spokesperson, said the pact is certain of victory in the October 15th Kasama by-elections gauging by the amount of support they have received from the people in the constituency. “The people started campaigning for us in 2007 after, Dr. Chishimba rebelled against the party, so all this time the people has been calling for his resignation and when he resigned it was a relief for us. ” The party is now bubbling with confidence that we will have a sure victory,” He said. He further said the pact hd not yet annouced the name of its candidate for the by-elections as it was awaiting its Central Committee verification programme on prospective candidates before a final one can be picked in Kasama. Mr. Lubinda said the Central committee had gotten all the information on all the 12 candidates willing to be candidates under the PF/UPND pact but had halted in order for them to get verification from the district and provincial committee in Northern Province. He said the pact wants to be sure of who will represent them in the October 15 by election adding that they want a credible candidate who will give them a sure victory. He said the leadership in the province has listed all the 12 according to their abilities and will hand over the names to the party secretariat today but will announce tomorrow. Meanwhile the pact has distanced itself from political parties have started campaigning in Kasama even before the Electoral commission of Zambia (ECZ) declared date of September 17 to October 14. Mr. Lubinda said his party has hearkened to the set laws and will only start campaigning after the nomination day on Thursday this week. The Movement for Muilti-Party democracy (MMD) has also announced that they will announce there candidate tomorrow. This is the second by elections that the recently formed PF/IPND pact will participate the first one was Chitambo which was scooped by the MMD while the pact won the majority of the wards by-elections.

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