Candidates file nominations
THE stage for campaigns has now been set after aspiring candidates filed their nominations for the forth- coming parliamentary by-elections in Chama North, Muchinga, and Livingstone Central constituencies.
The Muchinga Constituency in Serenje District fell vacant after Member of Parliament (MP) George Kunda died while the Chama North seat was declared vacant after Patriotic Front (PF) losing candidate Lambwe Kachali successfully petitioned the election results.
In Livingstone, the election of MMD candidate Lukolo Katombora was declared null and void after United Party for National Development (UPND) and the PF petitioned the results.
In Chama North of Muchinga Province, three candidates from the PF, MMD and UNIP yesterday successfully filed their nomination papers.
The ruling PF is fielding a Lusaka based accountant at the Ministry of Justice, January Zimba, 44, while MMD has settled for Copperbelt provincial information and publicity secretary Yotam Mtayachalo.
UNIP is fielding 80-year–old former miner, Herbert Zimba in the parliamentary polls slated for July 5, this year.
Earlier, there was drama when returning officer Jonathan Phiri sent back Dariuos Mumba when he attempted to file his papers under the PF ticket.
Initially, the PF Central Committee had endorsed Mr Mumba but the decision was changed in preference to Mr January Zimba.
Mr Mumba was ushered into the nomination centre where the returning officer informed him that the PF secretariat in Lusaka had called him that there was a change.
In Muchinga Constituency, PF is fielding in a local Serenje business person Jeliaty Ntembwa, 34, while MMD has nominated Mr Kunda’s son, Howard, 37.
National Restoration Party (NAREP) has nominated Mr Kunda’s former senior private secretary Kenneth Ngosa, who is currently a local farmer in the constituency.
Vice-President Guy Scott has appealed to Muchinga residents to support Mr Ntembwa who was a resident and understood many challenges people faced in the area.
Five candidates have filed their nominations for the Livingstone parliamentary by-election with all of them confident of winning the seat.
Joseph Akafumba of PF, Howard Sikwela of UPND and three independent candidates, Soko Zondhwayo, Stephen Zulu and Joseph Mwanza filed their papers yesterday.
Mr Akafumba, who was escorted by PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba and hundreds of party supporters, urged party members to ensure the seat was delivered to the ruling party.
Mr Sikwela said he had high chances of winning the Livingstone parliamentary seat because of the massive support he received from UPND and MMD.
UPND president Hakainde Hichilema urged Livingstone residents to remain focused and vote for Mr Sikwela. / times of zambia