PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Chama has disclosed that former MMD Senga Hill member of Parliament (MP) Kapembwa Simbao is now a member of the ruling party.
Mr Chama revealed in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that Mr Smbao has joined the ruling party and that it is one of the reasons he has shown interest in recontesting the Senga Hill parliamentary seat on the PF ticket.
“We are grateful for Simbao’s appreciation of what the PF stands for. He was one of the MMD MPs that campaigned for President Edgar Lungu and the PF in the 2015 presidential election,” he said.
Mr Chama said Mr Simbao stands a chance of being adopted as a PF candidate for the Senga Hill parliamentary by-election just like any other member of the ruling party.
He said anyone can join the PF and be adopted as long as they are not facing any criminal charges.
Mr Simbao was elected MMD Senga Hill MP in 2011 but PF losing candidate Giles Yambayamba petitioned the election of Mr Simbao.
Mr Yambayamba contended that the election was characterised by widespread undue influence, bribery, intimidation, voter treating and electoral malpractices.
The Supreme Court overturned the High Court’s decision that Mr Simbao was duly elected after finding that his election was marred with election malpractices.
Meanwhile, Electoral Commission of Zambia public relations manager Cris Akufuna says preparations for the April by-elections are going on well.
Mr Akufuna said in an interview that the commission would soon hold meetings with youths in the three vacant constituencies, Senga Hill, Masaiti and Chawama to help ECZ sensitise voters on the electoral code of conduct.
“We will also hold meetings with traditional leaders in both Masaiti and Senga Hill constituencies to help us educate our voters,” he said.