KANYAMA constituency parliamentary aspiring candidate and Munkolo ward councillor, Jiptus Mwanza, has withdrawn from the race.
Mr Mwanza said his decision to withdraw had nothing to do with any other activities in politics.
He said he was not willing to join any political party but that he would concentrate on his private life.
Mr Mwanza urged those who were joining other political parties to be careful, alleging that they would only be used and dumped because various parties had their own people already in place.
“I have withdrawn from the race because we are about 14 vying for one seat.
I feel it is good sometimes to give opportunity to others, but let me assure all that I do not intend to join any opposition political party whatsoever,” he said.
He cautioned those who were leaving the PF to join other political parties to brace themselves for dissapointment because possibilities of them being adopted were minimal.
“I want to caution those who are defecting to put into consideration that they will not be adopted, but will be used and dumped,” he said.
He said being a councillor in Kanyama constituency for so long, there was nothing new that could be changed, saying he was the only councillor who fulfilled his task to meet the demands of the people through his effort.
“I know Kanyama very well and I have done what I could to meet the demand of people in my ward,” he said.
But according to the people of Kanyama, Mr Mwanza could stand a better chance of winning the seat if adopted because of the development he had brought in the area.
They described their area MP Gerry Chanda as an ‘‘absentee lawmaker’’, saying he should not be given another chance. The residents said they do not even know their MP because he had never visited his constituency.
“We want Mr Mwanza because he is the only councillor we know here, and at least we have a clinic, roads and many other things we can mention.”
Some of the aspiring candidates vying for Kanyama constituency include Colonel Chanda, Kanyama ward 10 councillor Aggrey Masumo, Mr Peter Chilala and Mr David Kapoko among others