The Patriotic Front (PF) candidate in the July 25 Solwezi East parliamentary by elections, Peter Ilunga, has vowed to uplift the living standards of people in the area once elected into parliament.
Mr Ilunga said it pains him that for 50 years that the country has been independent, Solwezi East has remained one of the most under-developed areas in the country.
He lamented that the area lacks electricity, roads, clinics and schools among many other social amenities.
Mr Ilunga said this state of affairs will soon be a thing of the past as he will endeavour to do anything possible to ensure that people’s living conditions are improved.
He said he is contesting the by elections to serve the people in the area from abject poverty and under-development they have been exposed to for a long time so that they, too, can have a dignified place in society.
The Solwezi East Parliamentarian by election was necessitated by the resignation of the then Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) area MP, Richard Taim, who ditched the former ruling party to join the PF.
The elections are also being contested by the United Party for National Development (UPND) who is fielding former Copperbelt Permanent Secretary, Villie Lombanya, while the United National Independent Party (UNIP) is fielding Cephas Luwaile.
And Mr Taima dispelled assertions that he was cheated by the PF by not adopting him to re-contest the seat he previously held under the MMD ticket.
He clarified that he did not apply to re-contest the seat because of the election petition he was facing in the Supreme Court.
The former Solwezi East MP urged the electorates in the area to support the PF and its candidate, Ilunga, for development to be brought to the area.