District primary elections for the PF in Mufumbwe were yesterday (Sunday) disrupted and called off after violence erupted between supporters of Steven Masumba and Elliot Kamondo, over allegations of corruption in the adoption process for the forth-coming Mufumbwe parliamentary bye-election.
And in a turn of events, the MMD has turned around and say that the adoption of a candidate for Mufumbwe will be done in consultation with the UPND.
The district committee was yesterday scheduled to hold interviews but could not proceed after Steven Masumba accused the PF district officials of corruption and habouring hate against him.
Masumba said that the process was marred with corruption and accused the PF officials at provincial, district and constituency of having received bribes from Kamondo so that they could vote for him. Masumba then ordered that the elections should not be conducted.
It was at this point that a fight ensued between Masumba’s and Kamondo’s supporters and some party officials but the violence was stopped by the police and both Masumba and Kamondo, together with their supporters ended up at the police station but no agreement was reached. After an exchange of insults, the party officials then called off the elections.
Masumba who lost to Kamondo at the PF constituency primaries feels he should be adopted to contest on the PF ticket even without going through the primary elections because he beat Kamondo during the 2011 general elections when he contested on the MMD seat and also the fact that he defected to the PF after Wnyter Kabimba and President Sata promised him of an adoption and support on the PF ticket.
However, PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba, who at the time of Masumba’s defection to the PF said that his party would definitely adopt the former MMD Mufumbwe MP, yesterday told ZNBC news that the PF has not yet identified a candidate but that his party will announce the name of the adopted candidate next Saturday. Kabimba said that the adoption of the candidate would be by consensus and will not recognize the primary elections held by the PF Mufumbwe constituency committee.
The PF has no real presence on the ground as even the two competing for adoption are not PF members at heart. Masumba was until a few weeks MM while Kamondo has been always UPND until after the last general elections when he defected to PF to protect his business.
In the last bye-elections, the contest was between MMD (Masumba) and UPND (Kamondo). Masumba beat Kamondo with about 50 votes The PF was not even talked about.
At presidential level, President Michael Sata got less than 100 votes in the entire Mufumbwe constituency.
In an interesting turn of events, the MMD has turned around and say that the adoption of a candidate for Mufumbwe will be done in consultation with the UPND. A few weeks ago the MMD announced that they would field a candidate and urged UPND not to do so. MMD Secretary General, Richard Kachingwe also told ZNBC in an interview yesterday, that the party has not adopted any candidate for the bye-election.
Sources in Mufumbwe revealed that the MMD has realized that their one and only applicant to contest Mufumbwe, Staford Mulusa is not known and news of a looming exodus of party officials to the UPND has disturbed some senior party officials.