The opposition Movement for Multi-Party Democracy-MMD-will not take part in the Kapiri Mposhi and Lukulu West Parliamentary by-elections slated for April twenty third this year.
The party has cited loss of confidence in the Electoral Commission of Zambia and alleged election rigging by the ruling Patriotic Front as some of the reasons for not participating in the two by-elections.
Speaking at press briefing held in Lusaka this afternoon, MMD president Nervous Mumba also announced that his party will only ever participate in any by-election if the ECZ is transformed in an independent, neutral and more credible institution.
Dr. Mumba noted his party is yet to decide whether to support another opposition political party in the two by-elections.
He noted that as for now his party will concentrate on preparing for the 2016 general elections.
Dr. Mumba also told journalists that his party will next week discipline some Members of Parliament that are allegedly jeopardizing the party.