The PF assigned a Zambia Air Force chopper on Wednesday to deliver classified material and security personnel present in North Western province as the aircraft landed ordered journalists to vacate the area.
The two leading opposition political parties MMD and UPND have agreed to field one candidate against the ruling PF after the seat fell vacant following the expulsion of Steven Masumba for indiscipline.
Muvi TV – a privately owned station – is reporting that a ZAF chopper landed in Mufumbwe on Wednesday with journalists turned away from the scene in what was a combination of suspicious activity.
The PF is determined to grab Mufumbwe from the MMD to show they were a party growing in popularity and allay fears their popularity has diminished and is assigning a lot of public resources to the by-election Masumba is contesting on their ticket.
According to sources, Mufumbwe farmers will thank the by-election for coming early as they will be paid for supplying to the Food Reserve Agency while their counterparts the rest of the country await indefinitely.
The sources report that the PF government will start working on feeder roads by grading them and impress on a few money hungry chiefs to publicly endorse Masumba who however is unpopular among locals and was not a preferred candidate by lower party organs who overwhelming supported Elliot Kamondo.
Similar rigging methods by the PF, which will also include Zesco electrifying some strategic points, were used by the PF in Chama North, Livingstone and Muchinga by-elections.
Athough the PF managed to win Chama North, they lost Muchinga to MMD and Livingstone Central to the UPND despite using injecting billions of funds into the campaign. MMD president Dr Nevers Mumba is already in the area and camped in Mufumbwe in readiness for a rigorous one month campaign period.