MMD spokesperson, Benny Tetamashimba, has warned that party members of Parliament (MPs) whose seats are nullified because of corrupt practices will not be adopted to re-contest their seats.
In an interview in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Tetamashimba warned that the party would not allow anybody to contest parliamentary elections on its ticket after losing their seats because of corrupt practices because that contradicted the MMDâ€™s anti-corruption drive.
â€œIf anybody will have a seat nullified and it is attributed to corruption, that person will not be allowed to stand because we are fighting corruption,â€ Mr Tetamashimba said.
Commenting on the Kapoche constituency parliamentary by-election set for June 5, 2007, Mr Tetamashimba said former Deputy Minister of Community Development and Social Services, Nicholas Banda, would be allowed to contest the election because the Lusaka High Court did not find him guilty of corruption.
â€œFor Kapoche, the young man is standing because he has not been found guilty of corruption by the court.
I have read the judgment and it has nothing to do with corruption.
It is how his people conducted themselves. So he is going to be considered,â€ Mr Tetamashimba said.
And United Party for National Development (UPND) spokesperson, Charles Kakoma, said the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) would field former Kapoche MP, Charles Banda as its candidate.
But the alliance had not yet met to make the final decision.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) has set June 5, 2007, as the date for parliamentary by-elections in Kapoche constituency in Petauke.
The seat fell vacant after the nullification of election results by the Lusaka High Court after Mr Banda successfully petitioned the polls outcome.