—– Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has vowed to retain the Katuba Parliamentary seat slated for February 25, 2014 by elections.
Party Deputy National Secretary Chembe Nyangu said the MMD candidate Cecil Holmes is a strong candidate in Katuba who will be easily sold to the electorates.
Mr Nyangu told the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in an interview in Lusaka today.
He said Mr Holmes is a seasoned politician who has served this country diligently in various positions.
He hinted that Mr Holmes, a former Member of Parliament for Chisamba Constituency, former diplomat, Ambassador and provincial Minister for Central province will no doubt defeat other parties come the voting day.
Mr Nyangu also disclosed that Katuba Constituency has Six (6) wards and that the MMD has four (4) wards out of the 6 while two wards are represented by the United Party for National Development (UPND) and the Patriotic Front (PF) respectively.
And Mr Nyangu has expressed happiness over the increased number of political parties that are contesting the Katuba Parliamentary by elections in Central province.
Mr Ngungu said this is good in a democratic country like Zambia because it shows the growth and maturity of political parties.
He however, indicated that it will be up to the people of Katuba to usher in their preferred Member of Parliament.
Electoral Commission of Zambia set today as the nomination day for the Katuba Parliamentary by election while voting date is February 25, 2014.
The MMD has adopted Cecil Holmes, while the ruling PF has adopted Moses Chilando, UPND has picked Jonas Shakafuswa while ABZ adopted Patricia Mwashingwe respectively.
Others in the race are National Revolution Party who have fielded a former Police Officer Shakespeare Mwakamui and National Restoration Party (NAREP) who have settled for Joseph Mushalika Mushalika.
The Katuba constituency by-election was necessitated by the death of MMD member of Parliament Dr Patrick Chikusu.