The opposition MMD has adopted Fordson Musele Malishinji as its candidate for the Solwezi West Parliamentary by-election.
This follows recommendations made by North Western party organs which have been considered by the MMD National Executive Committee (NEC) during its sitting today Saturday the 15th of August.
MMD National Secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima has disclosed to Qfm News in a statement that the adoption of Mr. Malishinji follows a rigorous and systematic methodology put in place by his party.
Mr. Mbulakulima says out of many people that expressed interest to stand on the MMD ticket, Mr. Malishinji has been picket because of the vibrant community leader he has been exhibiting.
He says besides a member of the Museli Royal Family, Mr. Malishinji is a resident of Museli chiefdom which is situated in Solwezi West.
Mr. Mbulakulima notes that Mr. Malishinji also served as councilor for Museli Ward from 2006 to 2011 in addition to being the Deputy Mayor of Solwezi in the same period.
He says the MMD thus believes that as a former employee of First Quantum Mine, Mr. Malishinji brings to politics good corporate experience.
The MMD National Secretary has since appealed to all party officials in North Western Province and Solwezi District in particular to forthwith begin preparing for the by-election.
He has also disclosed that the former ruling party will from now on take part in all future by-elections at both local government and Parliamentary level.
Mr. Mbulakulima says to this effect a team of senior party officials has been dispatched to Luwingu in Northern Province to work with local party organs in identifying a candidate to stand for the Lubansenshi Parliamentary by-election, stating that taking part in this by-election is a must for the MMD.
He says another team of senior party officials has also been dispatched to Mwinilunga to identify a candidate for the Kawiku local by-election that is scheduled to take place on the 24th of September this year.