President Edgar Lungu has advised electorates in Kasama Central and Lubansenshi constituencies in Northern Province to elect credible people in the forthcoming parliamentary bye-elections.
Speaking at Kasama Airport shortly before departure to Lusaka after gracing the coronation of Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people yesterday, President Lungu said Zambians should carefully scrutinize aspiring candidates they choose to represent them in Parliament.
He observed that the people of Kasama and Lubansenshi in Luwingu District have an opportunity to elect quality Members of Parliament who will have their interests at heart.
President Lungu said electorates should avoid the mistakes of voting for parliamentary candidates based on their financial muscle or their body appearance.
He urged PF officials in Kasama Central and Lubansenshi constituencies to adopt popular candidates on merit to ensure victory in the impending parliamentary bye-elections.
The Kasama Central seat fell vacant after former PF MP Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba crossed the floor to join the opposition UPND while the Lubansenshi seat was today nullified by the Supreme Court due to electoral malpractice by the former MP Patrick Mucheleka.
The Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) is expected to set the dates for the two parliamentary bye-elections.
President Lungu was seen off at Kasama Airport by PF Secretary General Davies Chama, Labour Deputy Minister Alfridah Kansembe, heads of government departments and PF members.