FORMER Mulobezi Member of Parliament (MP) Hastings Sililo whose seat was nullified by the High Court due to electoral malpractice will re-contest his seat on the UPND ticket, deputy party spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo has said
Mr Lifwekelo said the party would field Mr Sililo as its candidate following the High Court’s decision to allow former MPs whose seats were nullified to re-contest.
“As for Mulobezi, I can confidently inform you that we are fielding the former MP, Mr Hastings Sililo while for the other two, Malambo and Petauke, we are still consulting with the grassroots and we shall announce the candidates in due course,” he said.
And Mr Lifwekelo has said every political party practised an element of tribalism when choosing a candidate to stand on its ticket in a specific area.
He said his party would always be part of the political dispensation of the country and take part in elections despite the outcome.
Mr Lifwekelo said each election brought out its own lessons that the UPND was learning.
He said it would be naïve for UPND to shy away from by-elections coming on June 30 just because the opposition party lost the previous three parliamentary by-elections held recently.
Mr Lifwekelo said numbers play a critical role in politics and as such participation in any election brings on board new members to the party.
“As UPND, we will always take part in elections. It is always important to be part of the political dispensation of this country and we can’t just shy away from elections because we lost the three recent by elections. We believe that each election brings on board new members to our party,” he said.
And Mr Lifwekelo has said no political party can claim to be tribalism-free when it came to choosing candidates to stand on their party tickets in any particular constituency.
He said grassroots were very much involved when choosing candidates to stand on party tickets because sidelining them would prove costly to the party.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set June 30 as date for parliamentary and local government elections in Petauke Central, Malambo and Mulobezi.