THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has adopted former permanent secretary at the Ministry of Home Affairs Peter Mumba and local businessman Charles Kaselwa as its candidates for the April 14 Masaiti and Chawama parliamentary by-elections, respectively.
UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said in an interview that the party is still making consultations on the candidate for the Senga Hill seat.
The Masaiti and Senga Hill seats, which were both held by the MMD, fell vacant after the elections were nullified by the courts of law.
The Chawama seat was held by President Lungu before he was elected republican President.
“We are confident that with these two, we will win the two seats as they are in good standing with the party and are in touch with the grassroots,” Mr Lifwekelo said.
And MMD spokesperson Raphael Nakacinda said the party has not yet adopted candidates for the three seats.
Mr Nakacinda said the party is still trying to re-organise itself after the January 20 presidential election defeat.
“As you are aware, we had factions in the party but we are trying to work together so that we can adopt people who can win,” he said.
And the Northern Province PF executive has finalised the scrutiny of possible candidates for the Senga Hill parliamentary by-election.
Giles Yambayamba, Paul Chomba and former MP Kapembwa Simbao have thrown their hats in the ring.
Dr Simbao lost his seat as an MMD MP after his election was nullified by the Supreme Court.
Provincial women’s chairperson Annie Mutale said in an interview that the committee has made recommendations which have since been forwarded to the office of the party general secretary.
This followed recommendations from the lower organs of the party.