OPPOSTION UPND on the Copperbelt has expressed optimism that it will win the Masaiti parliamentary by-election slated for 14th April this year.
But PF Copperbelt provincial chairperson Sturdy Mwale has warned the UPND to desist from provoking the PF.
UPND Copperbelt Province chairman Elisha Matambo said the party had done its homework and would win the by-election.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Mr. Matambo said over 12 people had applied to contest on the UPND ticket in Masaiti, adding that the party was receiving massive support in the area.
“We are winning the Masaiti seat.
‘‘We have no problems getting the seat. Our party has been accepted here on the Copperbelt and particularly in Masaiti. People are waiting to go for the polls on that day,” said Mr. Matambo.
He said the people of Masaiti wanted a leader who would effectively represent them in Parliament and not the one who would go to Lusaka and never come back to the constituency.
Mr Matambo said people in Masaiti wanted good roads and improved water and sanitation facilities.
He said the PF would have it hard to win the seat because the people of Masaiti had lost confidence in the leadership of the PF Government.
Mr. Matambo observed that failure to make Masaiti a hub of agriculture on the Copperbelt, was a clear vote of no confidence in the PF.
But Mr. Mwale said the UPND should desist from being personal and provocative in the manner they were conducting their campaigns.
Mr. Mwale said for the UPND to announce that the PF would not win the Masaiti seat was dreaming and overrating themselves.
“UPND should stop overrating itself in the manner they do things. Honestly how can they say that they are winning the seat before even casting the vote?
‘‘How can they say that they are winning before they even select their candidate?” Mr. Mwale asked.
He said the UPND was full of jokers, adding that the crowds they were commanding should not mislead them to think that they were popular.
Mr. Mwale also warned the UPND from politics of violence, adding that Zambia was not ready to degenerate into a country of violence.