By Nation Reporter
THE opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has failed to field a candidate in a local government by- elections in Lalafuta ward in Mufumbwe district.
Only the Patriotic Front (PF) and the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) managed to field candidates in Lalafuta local government by-election.
The development followed the opposition party’s failure to identify a credible and suitable candidate in the area to contest on its ticket.
And UPND Mufumbwe district chairperson Peter Ndonyo has confirmed the development to the Daily Nation in an interview, saying the party failed to find a suitable candidate to contest on its ticket as per Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) requirement.
He explained that the party could not manage to find a credible candidate because people refused to contest on the party’s ticket and those that showed interest had no qualifications to file in their nominations.
“Yes, we are not participating in the Lalafuta by-election because we have no candidate. We failed to find one,” Mr Ndonyo said.
Meanwhile, PF provincial mobilisation chairperson Herold Zholomi has mocked the opposition party for failing to find a candidate in the area.
Mr Zholomi said the failure by the party to find a candidate was a clear indication of the party’s dwindling popularity not only in Mufumbwe district but the entire province.
He said the party has been rejected by the people of Lalafuta ward by shunning to contest on its ticket because UPND had no clear agenda of development in the area.
“People were brainwashed in the August general election and they (people) have realised that the opposition party does not mean well for them. That is why people refused to contest on its ticket,’’ Mr Zholomi said.
He claimed people were not happy with the party following the appointment of Mazabuka Central Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo and his Monze Central counterpart Jack Mwiimbu as chief whip and leader of opposition in the house respectively.
“People in the province have realised that they are just being used by the opposition party to champion its selfish agenda.
The UPND is a party full of propaganda, fake, lies and unworkable promises,” he said.