MMD,UPND compete for Solwezi Central

Pressure is mounting on opposition parties to field a single candidate in the Solwezi Central by election.
The strongest contender so far is former MP Lucky Mulusa of the MMD who has indicated a wish to recontest the seat.
The UPND has declared that it would contest the seat which was declared vacant after the Supreme Court nullified the election of Mulusa.
UPND deputy secretary general Kuchunga Simusamba confirmed that the UPND was not going to leave the Solwezi seat to the MMD because his party was more popular in North Western Province than any other party.
But sources have told the Daily Nation that the UPND was divided over the fielding of its own candidate because it strongly believes that Mulusa was a more credible candidate who should be maintained for the sake of effective and courageous representation in Parliament.
But Simusamba denied speculations that his party was going to support MMD and that those spreading the rumors should know that the UPND was going to field its own candidate in Solwezi Central
He said seven aspiring candidates had applied to contest the seat on the UPND ticket and that his party was considering their applications and that soon they would announce who would be their candidate.
Simusamba said if Mulusa was thinking that he was popular in Solwezi, he would have to wait until the UPND announced its candidate adding the UPND was confident of winning the seat.
“I know who is spreading rumours that UPND is not going to contest the Solwezi Central seat. Let me tell you that UPND has already received seven applications from aspiring candidates and so if Mulusa feels he is popular, let him meet us on the ground in the constituency,” Simusamba said.Fr Frank Bwalya, the president of Alliance for a Better Zambia (ABZ) has vowed that he would ensure that that the opposition was united and speak with one voice if they were to provide effective oversight to the PF excesses.Former deputy High Commissioner to India Andrew Banda has embarked on a crusade to unite the opposition political parties because he was concerned about dictatorial traits that had emerged in the Zambian politics.