With an impending by-election in Sinazongwe constituency of Southern Province, individuals who wish to contest the seat under the United Party for National Development (UPND) ticket have started marketing themselves to the grassroots.
Former Zambia Community Schools (ZCS) Project Officer and educationist Christopher Syamwenya has joined the race for adoption by UPND.
The addition of Mr. Syamwenya to the race brings the confirmed number of candidates to three.
A UPND constituency party official and Mr. Syamwenya himself confirmed the development to the Daily Nation in a telephone interview yesterday. “Yes we have Mr. Syamwenya’s name on the list of those who have shown interest to stand as an MP on the UPND ticket once the seat is nullified. And people have heard the information about this man and are now waiting to see him in person,” the UPND constituency executive said.
“Now that Mr. Syamwenya has come out in the open to declare the interest, the number of aspiring candidates has risen but I don’t want to dwell on who is popular and who is not but this man (Syamwenya) is known that is what we have discovered as constituency.
The official charged that the people of Sinazongwe have been disappointed by Mr. Siamunene who accepted a job in the PF government at the expense of the people of Sinazongwe.
“Siamunene is not a factor here if there are people who are telling lies that he can win then they are misleading him because they just want to eat his money. We are through with that man he will never win this seat,” he said.And when contacted for a comment, Mr. Syamwenya confirmed having joined the race and was quick to disclose that he has so far managed to visit some wards in Sinazongwe and that the response was overwhelming.
He said that he will be visiting the remaining wards before the end of July to sell himself to the people in the remaining wards and also familiarize himself the general public in the constituency.
Mr. Syamwenya said that he would like to offer his skills and knowledge in alleviating the people of Sinazongwe from their sufferings by representing them in parliament if adopted and elected. He boosted of having served the people Southern province in different capacities when he was still working in the ministry of education.