Gabriel Namulambe the man who caused the by-election by resigning from MMD to join the ruling PF said he wanted to continue implementing the projects he started in the area.
Mr. Namulambe said he created the by-election because the MMD was concentrating on bickering at the expense of development.
He said knew Mpongwe very well and thought he can only develop it as a member of the ruling party.
Mr. Namulambe who kept on referring to the bickering in the MMD as reason for leaving the party did not refer to the fact that there is also bickering in PF as they want to expel Kabwata MP, who is also Foreign Affairs Minister, Given Lubinda.
There is also bickering in PF involving Defence Minister Geoffrey Mwamba and Justice Minister Winter Kabimba over corruption allegations.
UPND candidate Rapson Chilufya challenged Namulambe and his PF government to emulate late Levy Mwanawasa who took development to the rest of the country regardless of their political affiliation.
He said it was regrettable that under PF development was being tied to the ruling party something that can kill democracy.
Mr. Chilufya said the people of Mpongwe wanted change of leadership in the area as that of Namulambe has failed the people even when he (Namulambe) has been in government for sometime.
He said there was a poor road network in Mpongwe making it difficult for farmers to transport their produce.
Mr. Chilufya said as a former adviser to late Mwanawasa, he fully understands the development process and would use the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) to effectively develop the area.
He said he was saddened that in some areas, pupils were learning in church and sharing the same room when they have had an MP Namulambe, who was a cabinet minister.
He challenged Namulambe not be defensive for his failures to develop the constituency and wondered what more he had to offer when he abandoned the people that elected him.
UNIP candidate Ken Kuvuya said people wanted someone who would be there for them not people like Namulambe who runs away immediately after being elected.
He said CDF funds has just benefited politicians like Namulambe who were fond of giving false promises to the people.
The NAREP and MMD candidates were missing from the panel.