In dramatic circumstances but typical of PF political circus, the central province executive committee of the party has cancelled the adoption of Hebert Malumbe in the forthcoming Highridge ward by election in Kabwe central constituency.
In the past one week PF has been undecided on the candidate and yesterday the district held primary elections where Malumbe polled 17 votes beating his closest rival Monica Mwale who had 7 votes and Andrew Sinyangwe who polled a paltry 3.
District chairman Kabwe Mulenga went ahead to announce Malumbe as the adopted candidate but today, provincial chairman Benson Chali reversed the decision and imposed Mwale much to the annoyance of the district, constituency and ward organs who have since vowed not to campaign for their candidate. The boycott by the PF members adds to the many residents of Kabwe who have vowed never to vote for PF, describing the party as an example of failure.
Malumbe has been taught a typical donchi kubeba lesson after spending huge sums of money to bribe the officials, so has the free falling Andrew Sinyangwe in this PF circus. Sinyangwe went as far as buying a second hand tie worn by Wynter Kabimba at K2,000 at the auction during a fundraising dinner early this year. The party has lost both local government by elections that have been held since 2011, and nominations for the 19th August election takes place tomorrow Thursday.
Other parties in the race are ABZ, UPND, UNIP, NAREP and MMD, whose candidates have all expressed hope of winning the election.