Political parties contesting the two local government by-elections in Luanshya district have intensified their campaigns ahead of the August 19 polls.
Luanshya district will hold local government by-elections in Nkulumashiba ward in Roan constituency and Buntungwa ward 6 located in Luanshya constituency.
Ruling Patriotic Front –PF District Vice Chairperson Patrick Maipambe told ZANIS in Luanshya today that it was clear that the PF would carry the day as evidenced by the overwhelming support that the candidates in the two by-elections were receiving.
Mr. Maipambe stated that the PF was popular with over 10 command posts in Luanshya’s Buntungwa ward adding that the party had overrun the territory and that it was not facing any opposition.
He said in Buntungwa ward, the PF was fielding Ruben Kamanga Lungu a resident of Buntungwa for over 35 years and was well known to the electorates with a similar situation prevailing in Nkulumashiba wards were the party was fielding Felix Matobwe of roan constituency.
He however dismissed media reports suggesting that the campaigns were characterized with violence saying there were only a few misunderstandings between the PF and the United Party for National Development (UPND) cadres whom he alleged were in the habit of setting their camps next to the PF.
And (FDD) Copperbelt Province Information and Publicity Secretary Fredrick Penyengwe was confident of his party winning the local government by-elections.
Mr. Penyengwe was glad to note that his party was issue based in its campaigns and was drumming up support in a peaceful manner as directed by the party provincial secretary Yotam Mutayachalo.
He however called on the UPND and the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) to emulate his party and the PF who were not engaging in violence.
Meanwhile, FDD Buntungwa Ward Candidate Simon Mudenda pledged to transform the area once elected citing lack of running water, toilets, electricity and roads as challenges synonymous with the area.
Mr Mudenda said the people of Buntungwa have for a long time been starved of development despite the change in governments.