The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has expressed confidence of winning the forthcoming Solwezi Central, Mkushi South, Katuba and Kasenengwa parliamentary by-elections scheduled for February 25, 2014.
Party deputy secretary general Bridget Atanga said there was no doubt that the party will win all the four parliamentary seats based on what the PF has scored since assuming power over two years ago.
Ms. Atanga told the Zambia News and Information Service (ZANIS) in a telephone interview in Lusaka today that the PF will kick start strategic campaigns soon after its central committee finishes the adoption of the candidates for the four parliamentary by-elections.
She disclosed that the adoption process was going on well adding that once the process was finalized, the party will announce its candidates to the Zambian.
“The ruling party does not want to be in a hurry in adopting candidates for the forthcoming parliamentary by-elections,” Ms Attanga said.
She said the party wanted to ensure that it picks candidates who will be able to sell to the people without difficulties.
And opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has disclosed that the adoption process for its candidates has reached an advanced stage.
Party deputy secretary general Kachunga Simusamba also said UPND will defeat all political parties that will be participating in the elections because it has a better agenda to develop Zambia.
Mr. Simusamba said the party will soon conclude the adoption process for the Solwezi Central, Mkushi South, Katuba and Kasenengwa parliamentary seats.
He said the party (UPND) has put in place logistics to conduct vigorous and fierce campaigns when the right time comes.
“The process will soon be concluded and that will be the time when the media will be informed in order for them to disseminate to the Zambian people,” Mr. Simusamba said.
Mr. Simusamba further said the Zambian people were promising to vote for the UPND because it seems to be the only party which has a clear manifesto of bettering the citizens’ welfare.
Meanwhile, the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has said it will avail the name of the successful candidate for the Katuba parliamentary by-election on January 20, 2014.
MMD deputy national secretary Chembe Nyangu told ZANIS that the lower organs were currently doing their ground work in terms of adopting the candidate for the Katuba seat.
He said when the grassroots finish their work, they will submit the names of the successful candidates to the central committee which will finally announce the names based on the recommendations from the lower organs.
He added that the district and the constituency organs have been allowed to consult the grassroots who will be able to give the party the best candidate to field for the Katuba by-elections.
And National Revolutionary Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba said his party will today introduce its candidate for the Katuba parliamentary by-elections.
Party president Cosmo Mumba told ZANIS in an interview that his party will be introducing Mr. Shakespeare Mukamba Mwakamui, a former police officer, for the Katuba seat.
Dr. Mumba said Mr. Mwakamui is also the party’s national chairman, who has been discharging his duties to the satisfaction of the party.
He said Mr. Mwakamui lives in Katuba constituency where he is a businessman and a farmer.
He said his candidate has a lot of support from the electorates in the constituency.
Dr. Mumba said although his party has decided to field a candidate in Katuba, it still supports the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) in all its endeavors to work for the Zambian people.
He added that given an opportunity to have a Member of Parliament from the NRP, the party would be happy as it was still new in the nation’s political scene.
The MMD has already indicated that it will field in Lucky Mulusa for Solwezi Central, Sydney Chisanga for Mkushi South and Victoria Kalima for Kasenengwa seats which were nullified due to alleged corruption and malpractices.
The UPND is meanwhile said to be courting Jonas Shakafuswa for Katuba by-elections which was necessitated from the demise of Dr. Patrick Chikusu, who was MMD Member of Parliament for Katuba constituency.