The United Party for National Development is likely to sponsor former ambassador to Libya Mulondwe Muzungu as its candidate for Mufumbwe bye-election.
People very close to Muzungu have confirmed that he has applied to stand on the UPND ticket.
The Watchdog has been informed that there is no doubt that UPND will take part in the bye-election as a single party.
And the Watchdog has been informed that a certain Mr. Stanford Mulusa is the only person who has applied to stand on the MMD ticket.
Muzungu, the last minister of mines in the UNIP government is said to be already campaigning In the name of UPND.
Over the weekend, Muzungu was seen at chief Mushima’s palace with UPND officials and party supporters garbed in UPND regalia.
Muzungu and UPND officials went with trucks to attend the Makundu ceremony of the Kaonde people near the border with Kaoma in Western province.
Sources in MMD further told the Watchdog that from the time the MMD announced that it will field a candidate on its own, many MMD officials including Muzungu himself decided to align themselves with UPND.
Muzungu was the MMD candidate in the other bye-election held 0n 29th April 2010, Mufumbwe following the death of then MMD area Member of Parliament who was also Home Affairs Deputy Minister Misheck Bonshe.
Muzungu lost to UPND’s Elliot Kamondo. Kamondo has since defected to the PF where he has been fighting to be adopted but has been rejected. He has been made campaign manager for the man who caused the bye-election Steven Masumba.
It is not yet clear if he has accepted to be campaign manager and also Masumba is said to be suspicious of Kamondo who is suspected to be still a UPND sympathiser.
There is new information that the PF top leadership is getting worried with Masumba’s personal conduct.
The UPND on the other hand has vowed to win Mufumbwe and all the party officials are already on the ground campigning.
UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema is expected to ‘shift’ and camp in Mufumbwe when the campaign heats up.