THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has welcomed the setting of dates for the by-elections in Malambo, Mulobezi and Petauke central saying it is not moved by some candidates who had found solace in other parties for their own political mileage.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia has set the by-elections for June 30 in the three parliamentary seats.
UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma told the Daily Nation in an interview yesterday that the elections were long overdue because his party was ready long before the announcement.
Mr. Kakoma also charged that the ground in Eastern Province was fertile for his party to win the elections and that even if Dora Siliya was to be adopted by the PF, his party would win the elections because people have realised the fake promises by the PF in January.
“The people have realised that they were given broken promises and the combined team of MMD and PF and Rupiah Banda in particular. The broken promises of January 20 have not materialised and the local government by-elections which were held recently speak volumes of what is obtaining on the ground. We won two by-elections barely two months after the same people voted for PF,” he said
Mr Kakoma said Ms. Siliya’s popularity was just in paper as the people who laboured with her while in the MMD had since joined the UPND and that the party was stronger than it was in January when it lost the elections to the PF.
“We are already prepared as you know that those elections were supposed to be held some time back. Popularity is just in names but the situation on the ground is different. The people that made Dora popular and win have since shifted camp and have joined the UPND, so we shall see what will happen,” he said.
But the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) said the party had not yet decided on whether or not to contest the parliamentary by-elections as the national policy committee had not yet sat to decide on the way forward.
FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza explained that a decision will have been made by next week after meeting and that it would be only after the meeting that guidance would be given since the announcement was just made on Tuesday.
“That decision has to be made by the national policy committee and since the announcement was just made yesterday (Tuesday), the committee is yet to sit down and then they will guide us on whether we will participate or not, it is entirely at their discretion,” Mr. Mwanza said.