Campaigns in this Thursday’s Solwezi Central Parliamentary by elections in North Western Province
have heat up with all the five participating political parties using the Campaign mobile Vans to deliver their campaign messages to the
electorates around the central business district.
With about two days away to the polls, the campaign teams are playing loud music and announcements around the central business area
of Solwezi town while business in the area is going on smoothly with people looking a little more excited than usual.
As the other parties are making movements to and from along the Solwezi-Zambezi road, the only main road in Solwezi town, opposition United
Independent Party (UNIP ) was only seen move once in the morning before stationing their campaign vehicle at Shoprite bus stop where it is
playing loud music and making announcements.
The rest of the parties that include the ruling Patriotic Front (PF), Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD), United Party for National
Development (UPND) and the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) have been seen moving up and down the main road with their labeled
mobile campaign vans peacefully disseminating their campaign messages.
The town of Solwezi has been littered with campaign posters on every building and trees along the streets while some public passage mini
buses are also carrying political party flags and posters of participating candidates.
The Solwezi Central seat is being contested by ruling party’s Newton Malwa and UPND’s Dawson Kafwaya while Nathan Mulonga is contesting on
Other are former Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Luck Mulusa who is re-contesting the seat on the MMD ticket while the only woman in
the contest, Mary Katiki is standing on the country’s oldest political party UNIP ticket.
The seat fell vacant following the nullification of the election of MMD’s Lucky Mulusa by the courts on account of electoral malpractice
in the 2011 elections.
Solwezi Central Constituency has 30 polling stations and a total of 52,900 registered voters who are divided into five wards namely
Kimasala, Kamulanda, Tuvwanganai, Sandang’ombe and Kapijimpanga.