The opposition Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) in the central province has sent a message of condolences to the United Party for National Development (UPND) on the death of its nine members in a road traffic accident in Luangwa on Sunday.
ADD Central Province Chairman Frederick Mulando said it is unfortunate that the nation has continued to lose people in road traffic accidents.
Mr. Mulando observed in an interview with ZANIS that there is need to improve road infrastructure in the country to stop the loss of lives through road traffic accidents.
He further said that the ADD wished those admitted to the hospital a quick recovery so that they can continue their fight for quality leadership through participation in the democratic electoral process.
Nine UPND members died on the spot while 17 others suffered injuries when a Toyota Dyna light truck they were travelling in from a political rally in Luangwa plunged into a dry stream at Kavalamanja.
In another development, opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) central province secretary Davies Syamuzhulu has disclosed to ZANIS in Kabwe that three candidates have successfully completed the adoption process at constituency and district levels in the forthcoming Mkushi North parliamentary by-elections.
Mr. Syamuzhulu named the successful applicants as Winter Libohole, Evaristo Himalikiti and former Kabwe district commissioner in the MMD government Jonathan Kapungwe .
Mr. Syamuzhulu said the Party is expected to announce the name of the candidate to contest the by-election on its ticket next week.
The Mkushi North constituency seat fell vacant after the resignation of MMD Member of Parliament Mutale Musonda who joined the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party last month.
Meanwhile, Patriotic Front youths in Kabwe have threatened to write to the Speaker of the National Assembly if no measures are put in place to correct the inconsistencies which they have noted in the members of parliament James Kapyanga for Kabwe Central and Sydney Mushanga for Bwacha constituency .
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Kabwe the PF youths who declined to be named said they will not sit idle and watch their party lose popularity in the area at the expense of the two leaders.
The youths accused the two Members of Parliament of not showing concern over the many challenges the people of Kabwe were facing as they are allegedly always out to Lusaka.
And PF Central Province Chairperson Benson Chali has rescheduled a special provincial executive meeting to this Saturday following the failure by the two parliamentarians to attend the meeting.
Mr. Chali said the meeting could not take place because the two Members of Parliament who should have been in attendance were on national duty at the National Assembly.
And when asked about the agenda of the special meeting, Mr. Chali noted that the allegations leveled against the two Members of Parliament concerning the alleged failure to deliver to the expectations of the people in Kabwe was one of the items which would be tabled at the Saturday meeting.
And Bwacha Constituency Member of Parliament Sydney Mushanga said that he was aware of some individuals from the PF structures that wanted to cause confusion in the party.
Mr. Mushanga observed that he has done his best to enhance the delivery of development in Bwacha constituency and that he is always there as opposed to allegations that he is always in Lusaka.
Efforts to get a comment from Kabwe Central Member of Parliament James Kapyanga proved futile by press time.