Opposition political parties participating in the Chitambo parliamentary by-elections in Serenje have acccused the ruling party of vote buying.
And the PF in Serenje has charged that the MMD campaign team in Chitambo constituency is using government vehicles which had registration numbers removed.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS today, FDD National Deputy Secretary, Nathan Mulenga, and Natioal Elections chairman, Anthony Kasandwe, accused the MMD of fisshing out mealie meal and salt to villagers in the constituency, especially in Muchinka ward.
Mr. Mulonga also said the MMD had allegedly hired cadres from the Copperbelt and Lusaka who were blocking the opposition from entering what he termed as territories for the ruling party.
He said people of Chitambo constituency were not interested in thug politics but campaigns based on issues, adding that it was unfortunate that this was coming from the ruling party.
Mr Mulonga added that the people of Chitambo should be given fare chance to chose a leader of their choice who they think could deliver.
“It is unfortunate that vote-buying is again showing its ugly face in this by-election. The MMD has made some places no-go-areas for the opposition, which is not good. They can bring people to help them but not thugs,” he said.
Mr Mulonga said the FDD will not be intimidated by anybdy and will take any political party head on in the by-election.
Meanwhile, Mr Kasandwe refuted claims that the FDD was sponsored to field a candidate in Chitambo in order to split the votes of the opposition,
Mr Kasandwe said there was no logic in the claims because the party existed as an individual political party.
He said the FDD had been consistent because the party had been fielding candidates in the past five by-elections and it was a formidable and reliable party.
And PF district Vice Treasurer, Delvis Chisha, accused the MMD of using government vehicles in the campaigns and called on the police to investigate.
But MMD Central Province chairperson ,Boyd Mutonka, said the opposition should prove the allegations instead of just making baseless accusations.
Mr Mutonka said police should move in and arrest anybody who was blocking others from campaigning because the MMD did not engage thugs to cause any problem during the campaigns.