UPND, PF differ over candidate
CONFUSION erupted in the UPND/PF Pact on Thursday during the filing of nomination papers for local government by-elections in the Chanjowe Ward in Chadiza Central Constituency in Chadiza District.
The two opposition political parties which last year entered into a pact failed to agree on which political party was supposed to float a candidate for the pact.
This resulted in United Party for National Development (UPND) fielding their own candidate while the Patriotic Front (PF) also picked their own candidate.
Those who successfully filed in their nomination papers are Isaac Phiri for MMD, Paul Phiri of PF, and Jester Mbewe for UPND.
And commenting on the misunderstandings, UPND secretary general, Winstone Chibwe expressed shock that PF fielded a candidate because according to the agreement, UPND was supposed to pick the pact candidate.
Mr Chibwe described the development as unfortunate but indicated that the confusion would not cause further division in the pact.
But UPND deputy chairperson for youth and child development, Michael Chuzu who also played down the confusion said it was unfortunate that the PF wanted to behave like they were more popular than UPND.
Mr Chuzu said that the PF members in Chadiza disregarded the agreement which was supposed to allow a UPND candidate represent the pact in the ward by-elections.
Information gathered indicated that PF insisted to contest the by-elections because the UPND did not give them enough support during the Milanzi parliamentary by-election which was scooped by MMD on April 29 this year.
And MMD provincial youth and information secretary, Chembe Daka said the confusion in the pact over which candidate to float was a clear indication that the ruling party has won the by-election slated for August 5.
[Times of Zambia]