CHIEF government spokesperson Mwansa Kapeya says the high number of candidates contesting the Katuba Constituency by-election underscores Zambia’s flourishing democracy under the captaincy of the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
On Tuesday, seven candidates filed their nomination papers in readiness to go flat out and convince the electorate of Katuba Constituency to consider voting for them.
The candidates are Moses Chilando of the Patriotic Front, Jonas Shakafuswa of UPND, Patricia Mwashingwele of the Alliance for Better Zambia and Joseph Mushalika of National Restoration Party.
Others are Shakespeare Mwakamui of the National Revolution Party, Allan Malawo of UNIP and Cecil Homes of the MMD.
Mr Kapeya, who is Minister of Information and Broadcasting Services, says as campaigns get underway ahead of the February 25 by-election, Government would like all contestants to engage in peaceful, mature and issue-based campaigns.
The minister in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday congratulated political parties that successfully filed their nomination papers to contest the by-election.
“This will provide a conducive environment for the electorate in Katuba to exercise their democratic right in choosing a member of Parliament (MP) of their own choice,” he said.
“The late member of Parliament for Katuba, Patrick Chikusu, left an impeccable and indelible legacy of selfless, dignified and distinguished service to the nation as he chose to work with the government of President Sata in taking development to the people of Zambia,” Mr Kapeya said.
He said as such, it is necessary that the process of finding a successor to such a distinguished leader and patriot, is equally dignified and orderly during the by-election.
The minister said Government’s expectation is that all political parties and players taking part in the by-election conduct themselves peacefully in line with the provisions of the law.