THE ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) have drawn their battle lines as the two major political parties have both managed to file their nominations in Malambo, Petauke Central and Mulobezi constituencies.
The MMD, the immediate past ruling party, would again be missing on the ballot papers as it has decided against participating in the coming parliamentary by-elections as its continued existence in the Zambian politics is getting remote.
The MMD will not even participate in the local government elections as its aspiring parliamentary candidate Zephania Kaleya’s ambitions were dashed after his national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima directed the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) not to accept nominations from any of its candidates at all levels.
In Petauke, Dora Siliya, the former MMD member of Parliament filed her nomination, this time on the PF ticket and declared that victory was certain while the UPND managed to file through their candidate Alan Zulu who is confident that the opposition would be able to break the jinx and win the seat.
In Malambo, the UPND filed its nomination through Peter Simon Phiri while the ruling party will be contesting the seat through Jack Shuma while Zambia’s first ruling party, United National Independence Party (UNIP), would be contesting the seat through Jairo Mchenga.
In Mulobezi, UNIP has resurrected and managed to file its nomination through its candidate Alfred Mandumbwa while the ruling PF has Patricia Mulasikwanda for the seat as the UPND also maintained former MP Hastings Sililo as its candidate.
Green Party has continued to be on the ballot papers and managed to file its nomination in Mulobezi through its candidate a Mr Mwanza who declared that he would spearhead development in the area if elected as a member of Parliament.
And Mr. Shumba, the PF candidate in Malambo declared that he was headed for victory because the ruling party had delivered development to the area even when it had no representation in Parliament for a long time.
‘’ The area has a lot of potential in development that needs to be tapped including human resource. This area has qualified people who come from here and there is need for them to come back so that together with the community we develop the constituency. This is not one man’s show as it requires a collective responsibility,’’ Mr. Shuma told ZANIS in Malambo.
And UNIP candidate, Jairos Mchenga observed that if elected, his first task would be to work on the best way to develop the constituency.
UPND’s candidate in Malambo Peter Phiri, promised that he was going to give the ruling PF a tough time for its money, saying, he was popular among the electorates in Malambo constituency as he was a local resident.
And Independent candidate, Florence Mayopa, thanked her supporters for believing in her and said her priority will be to start empowerment from the family level.
Ms. Mayopa told ZANIS in Malambo that families had skills but did not have resources, adding that poverty could only be eradicated if people were empowered.