UPND has adopted former Deputy Minister of Finance Jonas Shakafuswa as its candidate in the forthcoming Katuba parliamentary by-election.
And Chieftainess Mungule of Katuba Constituency and her subjects that included senior headmen yesterday declared the PF’s adopted candidate Moses Chilando and other none Lenjes a no go area for them.
UPND deputy secretary general Kuchunga Simusamba said the party concluded the selection process at its national executive meeting yesterday and settled on Mr Shakafuswa as its candidate.
Mr Simusamba said in Lusaka yesterday that the party is confident of winning the by-election through Mr Shakafuswa.
“We [UPND] were looking for a candidate who is popular and loyal to the party. So, we can safely say that we have won the by-election,” he said.
Mr Simusamba said four people applied to stand on the UPND ticket but after various considerations, the party comfortably settled on Mr Shakafuswa.
He said the UPND leadership is proud to adopt Mr Shakafuswa because he is a former member of Parliament (MP) for the same constituency.
Meawhile, Chieftainess Mungule of Katuba Constituency and her subjects that included senior headmen yesterday declared the PF’s adopted candidate Moses Chilando and other none Lenjes a no go area for them.
After struggling to find a candidate in the area, the ruling PF settled for an outsider Mr. Chilando who has now been openly rejected by the chieftainess and her subjects at a meeting held at the palace yesterday.
The Chieftainess and her subjects said they were only ready to consider their own Lenje children as candidates and not Moses Chilando who they accused will divert development to other provinces.
The chieftainess and her residents held a meeting yesterday and declared they will never vote for PF’s Chilando and only Lenje candidates will receive votes in the area.
But in what sounded like an insult to her royal highness, PF Katuba constituency Chairman a Mr. Jere said that the chieftainess’s vote cannot affect the party.
Agenda for Better Zambia (ABZ) and the MMD who are in an alliance are both fielding candidates in the area.
And Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) has adopted Patricia Mwashingwele as its candidate for Katuba parliamentary by-election.
ABZ national chairperson for women Mary Phiri said in a press statement issued in Lusaka yesterday that the party is confident that Ms Mwashingwele will scoop the seat.
She said 12 people applied to stand on the ABZ ticket but 11 were disqualified because they were not card-carrying members.
“We are confident that she will be the first member of Parliament for ABZ…Our candidate is a credible and energetic women, who loves the people of Katuba constituency.
“She [Ms Mwashingwele] lives among them and has been involved in a number of activities at the service of the community, especially women and youth,” Ms Phiri said.
MMD have adopted veteran politician and former diplomat Cecil Holmes.
MMD deputy national secretary Chembe Nyangu said his party has adopted Mr. Holmes as he was the only applicant to stand on the party’s ticket.
“The constituency, district and province submitted Mr Holmes’ name to us and although we have not yet sat as NEC, I acted administratively to pick him since he was the only applicant,” he said.
After missing recent by-elections, NAREP are again back in the race by fielding Joseph Mushalika the party’s National Chairman.
Nominations will take place tomorrow in Katuba while voting will take place on 25th February.
The Katuba constituency by-election was necessitated by the death of MMD member of Parliament and Health Deputy Minister, Dr Patrick Chikusu, who died shortly after visiting State House where he went to complain about the dismissing of nurses by president Michael Sata.