PF, NRP, UPND jostle for parliamentary seats

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Patriotic Front (PF) Media Director Brian Hapunda has expressed confidence that the ruling party will scoop the forth coming parliamentary by-elections in Chawama, Masaiti and Senga Hill constituencies.

Mr Hapunda said the ruling party has done its homework to ensure the party wins the three by-elections with wide margins.

He said this in a telephone interview with the Zambia New and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka on March 24, 2015.

Mr Hapunda said the people of Zambia have trust in the PF party because of the strong developmental foundation the late President Michael Sata laid for the country.

He lamented that road infrastructure, building of clinics and improving the agriculture sector are among the many developmental programmes which have cheered the people.

Mr Hapunda said the opposition should not lie that they will defeat the ruling PF during the coming by-elections slated for April 14, 2015.

And National Revolutionary Party (NRP) President Cosmo Mumba said there is no doubt that his wife Martha Mumba will win the Chawama parliamentary by-election which she is contesting on the party ticket

Dr Mumba said his wife has been a resident of Chawama for many years and understands the problems the people of the area well are faced with.

The NRP leader called on all the women of Chawama to support their fellow woman by voting for her come April 14, 2015.

Dr Mumba said the priority of the NRP once it wins the Chawama seat will be to ensure that peace was maintained in the area.

He said there were many foreigners staying in Chawama illegally thereby increasing the crime rate in the township.

He noted that the crime increase in Chawama is attributed to the illegal settlers without valid immigration documents.

And United Party for National Development (UPND) deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said the party has been having meetings with the youth in order to counsel them against engaging in violent activities even when they are provoked.

Mr Lifwekelo said other political parties should learn to co-exist during the campaigns.

He said the UPND is confident of scooping the three parliamentary by- elections as a result of the nullification of the Masaiti and Senga Hill seats by the Supreme court for malpractices by MMD MPs Michael Katambo and Kapembwa Simbao respectively while the Chawama seat became vacant following the election of Edgar Lungu as Republican President on January 20.

Mr Lifwekelo added that his party had done enough ground work and cautioned other political parties that they would no doubt be humiliated on April 14.

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