Kapiri by-election Campaigns heat up

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THE campaigns in the Kapiri Mposhi by-election have heightened with contesting parties employing various strategies to muster support.

United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate Lawrence Zimba said yesterday that he will not leave anything to chance as he was aware that other contestants were also putting in their best during campaigns.

Mr Zimba who was found conducting door-to-door campaigns yesterday said he was however, confident that the electorate would not make the mistake of voting for a candidate who did not have any development plan for the area.

Also in the race is Patriotic Front (PF) candidate Eddie Musonda and Francis Mwape from UNIP.

The seat fell vacant after the Supreme Court upheld the lower court’s decision to nullify Mr Zimba’s election victory of 2011. The by-election will be held on Tuesday next week.

Mr Zimba said he was the right candidate for the job because he had

already started to develop the area before his reign was curtailed through the court petition.

But PF campaign manager Phillip Kosamu said the ruling party was confident of capturing the seat because all the ground work had been done.

Mr Kosamu, who is Central Province Minister, said people in Kapiri Mposhi had in fact voted for Mr Musonda in 2011, but that the candidate was ‘robbed’ of his victory, the reason why the Supreme Court made a ruling in his favour in the petition.

Mr Kosamu said Mr Musonda was a popular candidate who has lived in Kapiri Mposhi for many years, hence victory was certain.

Meanwhile, Mr Mwape said separately that although UNIP had not captured any seat in a by-election for a long time, he was optimistic that he would scoop the seat in the Central Province district.

Mr Mwape urged the electorate to vote for him so that he could improve water reticulation and also get involved in the construction of health posts among other projects.

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