Parley race hots up in Livingstone


AS THE date for the elections draws near, political parties in Livingstone constituency are busy receiving applications letters and compiling lists of individuals wishing to represent them on local government and parliamentary level.

And the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) has so far received 15 applications letters from aspiring candidates seeking adoption with the number likely to rise as the deadlines comes closer.

Meanwhile, reports within the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) have disclosed that former Southern Province Permanent Secretary Gladys Kristafor has applied for adoption on the party’s ticket.

In an interview with the Daily Nation, UPND Livingstone district spokesperson Neto Halwabala disclosed that the number of applicants might rise by the end of this week.

Mr Halwabala said that so far, 15 candidates have tendered in their application letters but could not disclose the names of those that have applied.

“As UPND, we are still receiving applications from those who wish to stand on the party’s ticket. Our closing date is March 15, 2016 and as at now, we have received 15 application letters. We also have received seven application letters for those who want to contest as executive mayors,” he said. “To us as a party, this number is a sign that the party is growing and it is also an indication that we have enough human capital to take up the leadership of the party. I will not go into details of mentioning names because the party has not allowed me to do so,” he said.

But the Daily Nation has been informed that former Ministry of Justice Permanent Secretary Joseph Akafumba and former Katombola Member of Parliament Regina Musokotwane are among the candidates that have applied.

Others are former MMD deputy mayor Mathews Jere, Livingstone based Business Executive and Entrepreneur Nawa ‘Biggie Malamo while some are not yet known as they have not yet been disclosed. Meanwhile, report from the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) are indicating that four candidates by Monday afternoon had already tendered their application letters.

Some were expected to file in their applications before the March 7, 2016 deadline.

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