Mr Mangani said when he addressed party officials at Government Rest House in Petauke on Saturday that the ruling party’s central committee, chaired by President Michael Sata, adopted Mr Banda to feature in the pending by-election on the PF ticket.
He told the officials, who included Chishala Chilufya, Sarah Mbewe-Kalaluka and Andrew Lubusha from the provincial interim committee, that the information circulating in Petauke that Mr Banda had been replaced with business executive Elias Daka was false.
Mr Mangani said Mr Banda was adopted because he was the one who petitioned the election results of MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya.
He said the ruling party had a policy that whoever petitioned election results would automatically be adopted for the by-election.
“Treat the Vubwi case as for Vubwi where we adopted Margaret Miti but here it is a different matter.
“We decided to pick Mr Leonard Banda because he is the one who took the matter to the courts of law. This rumour going round that we have picked Eriboma (Mr Daka) is very much untrue. I know the strength of Eriboma,” Mr Mangani said.
He implored the party members to always respect the party’s decisions and to uphold discipline.
He urged Mr Banda and Mr Daka to work together for the common good of the ruling party in Petauke Central Constituency.
He said despite being left out of the adoption process, Mr Daka was still a valuable asset of the ruling party who should not be discarded.
Mr Mangani announced that Mr Daka had been appointed as provincial vice-treasurer in an interim capacity.
The Supreme Court nullified the election results of Petauke Central, which was held by Ms Siliya, and Malambo Constituency, which was under Maxwell Mwale under the MMD ticket.
Other nullifications involved Vubwi Constituency, which was held by MMD’s Eustarckio Kazonga, and Kasenengwa held by Victoria Kalima, also from the former ruling party.
Mr Mwale has since joined the United Party for National Development.
Times of Zambia