MMD, UPND to back one candidate in Livingstone

Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) and United Party for National Development (UPND) will gang up against the ruling the Patriotic Front (PF) in the forth coming Livingstone parliamentary seat bye election.

Both UPND Provincial Chairman John Kapepe and his MMD counterpart Edger Keembe have confirmed the development in Livingstone.
Mr. Kapepe said in an interview that UPND and MMD had agreed to work together for the Livingstone seat.
He said the MMD would support the UPND’s candidate because the party is very popular in the province.
“We are going to field a candidate on whom the two parties will agree to support,” he said.
“We want a person that will represent the people of Livingstone effectively as high quality party we are attracting a lot of people,” he said.
Mr. Kapepe also confirmed that the party has received a lot of applications from people who want to contest on its ticket.
And MMD Southern Province Chairperson Edgar Keembe also agreed that the two parties had an understating that they would field one candidate in Livingstone.
Mr Keembe  said that the working together of the two political parties is meant to strengthening the opposition in parliament.
“We want to work as at team so that we can offer checks and balanced to the PF government,” he said.
He said this would not be the first time that UPND and MMD are collaborating in a bye election.
However, the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in Livingstone district has maintained that it will not be intimidated with the decision by UPND and MMD to work together ahead of the bye election.
District Chairman Freddie Chibuye said the PF is not worried because the two opposition parties were not factors adding such alliances have been there before.
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