The UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) has picked Mr Tom Michelo as its aspiring candidate in Matero constituency in the August 11 general election.
The incumbent member of Parliament Miles Sampa has resigned from the ruling Patriotic Front to form the Democratic Front Party and may probably contest the presidency.
This came to light when Mr Michelo donated 300kg of Nakonde rice to tuberculosis patients at Lusaka’s George township clinic on Friday.
Mr Michelo said if he won the Matero constituency seat he would maintain the good work that Mr Sampa had started.
“He (Sampa) has done what he could as a human being, I will definitely maintain the good things he has done. I will also add more value and above all I will add more love for the people of Matero especially the youths who I want to be empowered to sustain themselves,” he said.
Mr Michelo said he had decided to donate the rice to help the TB patients in George township because many of them were on medication without proper nutrition.
He noted that it was important for the patients to be well nourished as it was dangerous to take drugs without proper nutritional supplement.
“I do realise that the people that are on TB drugs are undernourished and it doesn’t do them any good for them to take medication without food. So I thought of helping them in a little way by donating rice to them so that probably it would add up as a supplement to their nutritional needs; we have managed to give about 100 people, which is a step in the right direction,” Mr Michelo said.
He said he would continue helping the people of Matero as he used to do before he declared his intention to enter politics.
“I have been helping Matero residents as way back as 2000. It would have been taken as a political mileage if I was starting to make donations now but helping the people of Matero is something I have been doing,” Mr Michelo said.
And a representative who received the donation on behalf of the patients Pamela Kureba said donating the food to the patients was a good gesture.
She said the patients in George township had struggled with lack of proper food supplements, hence making it hard for the medicine to work efficiently.
“I think this is a very good move, because these people have a lot of drugs but have no food; it is a very good example of what other people should emulate,” Mrs Kureba said