UPND, PF size each other after nominations for Sesheke seat
By Staff Reporter
RULING Patriotic Front in Western Province is bubbling with confidence to win the Sesheke parliamentary by-election scheduled for February 12, 2019.
And opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) says it was certain to retain the seat that fell vacant following the death of its member of parliament Frank Kufakwandi on November 12, 2018 in South Africa where he was evacuated for specialist treatment.
In an interview yesterday following the successful filing of nomination papers for its candidate Dean Masule, PF Provincial Secretary, Mulenga Tembo told newsdayzambia.com the Mangango victory in November last year had given impetus for the ruling party to win their second seat in the province.
The campaign team in the Sesheke by-election is headed by members of the Central Committee, Keddy Mbewe, Walusiku Liambela and deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri.
“We are absolutely ready and we have given a scare to the UPND and other colleagues in the campaign,” he said. “There are four political parties in the race – PF, PPAZ UPND and PAC and I can assure you that the PF will carry the day”.
The UPND is fielding Remeo Kango’mbe and party President witnessed the nomination. Tembo said the PF has the best candidate among all the candidates for the election.
Other contestants that successfully filed their nominations are Lifuti Muhau representing the People’s Alliance for Change (PAC) and United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) is fielding Victor Kalimukwa.
Tembo said Masule was a true son of Sesheke because he comes from a village just within town and served as ZESCO area manager in Sesheke a position he held until recently when he resigned to join the PF party.
On the same date, the Commission will also conduct Seven (7) Local Government By-elections in Anoya Zulu Ward in Chililabombwe on the Copperbelt, Munyama Ward in Kabwe in Central Province, Mkomba Ward in Lundazi, Chindwale Ward in Katete and Nkombwa Ward in Isoka – all in Eastern Province.
Others are Chinkutila Ward in Chifunabuli district and Sewe Mungole Ward in Chavuma, North Western Province.
The vacancies in Anoya Zulu, Munyama, Mkomba, Chindwale, Chinkutila, Nkombwa and Sewe Mungole wards are as a result of resignations and deaths of area councillors.
The commission said the campaign period for these elections commences on yesterday after 15:00 hours and will end at 18:00 hours, a day before the polls.
And Western Province UPND chairman Musangu Njamba was hopeful to retain the seat through its youthful candidate.
He explained that it was encouraging to note that UPND settled for a young person.
“This is an indication that the party has a heart for young people, it’s not about an individual but the people of Sesheke having representation,” he said.
Njamba expressed confidence that Kang’ombe would drive the development agenda for the constituency and generally to the country.
“We need to support young people and encourage them to participate in governance unlike using them as tools of violence,” Njamba said.
Njamba is appealing to political parties that are participating in the Sesheke by election to avoid ferrying people from other parts of the country.
“Ferrying of people from other places is what causes violence, let’s observe the electoral code and deliver issue-based campaign messages,” he said.