6 battle for Mangango seat

Six political party candidates yesterday successfully filed in their nominations for the vacant Mangango parliamentary seat.

Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) public relations manager Cris Akufuna confirmed this yesterday.

He said candidates for Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD), United National Independence Party (UNIP), Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), United Party for National Development (UPND), Fourth Republic Party (FRP) and Patriotic Front (PF) successfully filed in their nominations.

The PF are fielding Rodgers Lingweshi Lymabai while the MMD’s candidate is Charles Mwenzala, with ADD having their faith in Mwene Nalawa.

The UNIP candidate is Janet Sombo Chingumbe who is the only female vying for the Mangango seat.

Others are FRP’s Mukubuta Kabuyana and UPND’s Goldwin Putu.

The by-election was necessitated by the nullification of the election of MMD’s Robert Taundi Chiseke by the Supreme Court on May 19, 2014 on grounds that his election was fraught with electoral malpractices.

PF losing candidate Richard Simbula had petitioned the election of Mr Chiseke alleging illegal and corrupt practices.

Before the nullification of his seat, Mr Chiseke served as deputy minister for Commerce, Trade and Industry.

The campaign period started yesterday immediately after nominations and will end on Monday August 18, 2014 at 18:00 hours.