About six people have shown willingness to apply on Patriotic Front (PF) ticket for Chipata Central Constituency parliamentary seat which fell vacant following the Supreme Court’s decision to confirm the nullification of the election of MMD’s Reuben Mtolo Phiri.
The six include Meanwood Proprietor Robinson Zulu who recently donated K100 million to Chipata Central Hospital and gave undisclosed amount to Paramount Chief Mpezeni and Chipata based businessman Hanif Badat. Read the story of the K100 million contribution here
Eastern Province PF Chairperson Mike Tembo confirmed in Chipata yesterday that the more than six people have indicated to apply asking the party to adopt them.
“According to the information I have is that more than six people have so far applied to the party asking to be adopted on PF ticket. These have already made the contacts with our local leadership in Chipata district,” Mr. Tembo said.
He said others that want to stand on the PF ticket are former Member of Parliament (MP) Lameck Mangani, former Kasenengwa MP Timothy Nyirenda, and M.Mawere Transport Limited Managing Director Moses Mawere, and former Eastern Province Education Officer Pilila Jere.
But sources on the ground indicated that so far Meanwood Proprietor Robinson Zulu and Chipata based businessman Hanif Badat are the leading contenders as the PF have officially discarded Mangani who won the election petition in preference for the people who have the cash.
Mangani has however upped his game to be adopted and has pleaded to Bwinjinfumu to help him secure the PF adoption. Last week Mangani organised an embarrassingly small group of people and went through Chiptata town in a bid to show popularity.
If Bwinjinfumu orders Kabimba to adopt Mangani, then Badat who has already paid Kabimba Kr300, 000 for the adoption will lose his cash.
Meanwood Proprietor, Zulu’s companies have also been facing investigations by the PF administration in connection with the huge tract of land sold to NAPSA under the MMD’s administration and was accused of being a major financier to former president Rupiah Banda and now wants to launder his name by being seen to be with the ruling government.
Mr. Zulu is also being favoured by Mpezeni having already dished-out cash to the corrupt Mpezeni and he is a pure Ngoni unlike Mangani who is a Chewa in the area.
“There is no way Mangani can get that adoption as a Chewa because Mpezeni has put it clearly that he wants a Ngoni like Mr. Zulu so that he can even push him in the PF presidential race later as he (Mpezeni) is a friend to Mr. Sata. That’s why people say Mangani was very stupid to have betrayed his fellow Chewa, Rupiah Banda, and was merely used and dumped,” sources said.
Sources said despite Mpezeni pushing for Mr. Zulu with a view to push him for PF presidency, it is not clear whether he will actually accept or he just wants to launder his name, especially that recently Silvia Masebo also organised some residents to complain against his companies at Mulungushi conference centre.
The Indian community in Zambia are also pushing for one of their own through Mr. Baddat to protect their businesses in a hostile PF corrupt environment that has seen many of them being deported once they play a clean game.
But Mr. Tembo expressed confidence that the party was on ground and would grab the seat from the MMD.
However MMD provincial chairperson Alexander Miti and UPND provincial chairperson Paul Thole said their political parties were still making consultations.
You can read the MMD in NAPSA deal involving Meanwood here and