ASPIRING Kalomo Central parliamentary candidate Smart Muwele says no amount of intimidation will prevent from contesting the seat in this year’s general elections.
He said the decision to stand on a UPND ticket was his constitutional right which he should fully enjoy.
Mr. Muwele, who hoped to be adopted as Kalomo Central candidate, told the Daily Nation that those who were waging a mudslinging campaign against him with a view to silence him were in for a rude shock as he was ready to meet them head on.
He said he would continue to mobilise the party in Kalomo by campaigning for the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and himself so that he could be adopted and represent the people of constituency to stir development.
Mr Muwele said he respected the incumbent MP Mr. Request Muntanga but charged that the lawmaker was using intimidation as a way of silencing his perceived opponents.
He vowed to soldier on by ensuring that the people of Kalomo were given the leadership they deserved.
Mr Muwele said it was sad that Kalomo, despite being the first capital town of Zambia, had failed to come out of the shell of its old self , adding that only quality leadership would bring meaningful development to the area.
He said the UPND was a democratic party which did not shut out any one who aspired to leadership positions and that no one should feel they were the final voice in the party because a lot of people had sacrificed for it to be where it was.
“My allegiance is to the party and I am working tirelessly to ensure that we win the elections this year because my election is secondary. Those who aspire for leadership must allow the will of the people to prevail. If people say Muwele must stand, why not allow their will to prevail?” Mr. Muwele asked.
He said rumours peddled by Mr. Muntanga’s sympathisers that he (Mr. Muwele) was telling people that Mr. Muntanga was not going to stand because he did not have a Grade 12 certificate were false.
He said no manoeuvres aimed at discrediting him in the eyes of the electorate would change his course of action because the people had already made a decision to rally behind him.
Last week, Mr. Muntanga told the Daily Nation that Mr. Muwele was misleading people in the area that he would not stand because he did not have a Grade 12 certificate.
He said Mr. Muwele had taken advantage of the parliamentarian’s absence in the constituency to peddle lies that he had gone into oblivion because he did not meet the requirements under the new constitution to be adopted as a parliamentary candidate