Outspoken staunch PF supported Sunday Chanda’s hopes of being a Member of Parliament has been dealt a big blow after former Police Inspector General Martin Malama was picked ahead of him to stand on the PF ticket.
Mr Chilufya had campaigned and applied to be adopted to stand in Kanchibiya Constituency but the party’s Central Committee opted for the former police boss..
PF Member Sunday Chanda says he will not abandon the party even after he was not adopted to stand as Member of Parliament for Kanchibiya constituency.
The PF Central Committee has opted for Former Inspector General of Police Dr Martin Malama to stand as MP for Kanchibiya constituency in Mpika.
As you may be aware, I had expressed my interests to serve the people of Kanchibiya by offering myself for adoption to the party I belong to, the Patriotic Front(PF).
“Let me mention that I have refused to give in to voices calling on me to stand as an Independent candidate. I have also made it clear that I am not defecting from PF. I’m going back to the Presidential Campaign to ensure Zambia elects the best man on 11th August 2016- President Edgar Lungu,” Mr Chanda said.
He said the adoption process has made him learn and grow and that it brought him in constant touch with the hopes and aspirations of the people.
“The race saw many other competitors and I’m proud that my team and I put up a great on-the-ground campaign in Kanchibiya. After all is said and done, Central Committee sat to decide who was ideally suited to serve the people of Kanchibiya and it was not to be me,” he said.
“I have just made a call on my elder brother, PF’s adopted candidate for Kanchibiya and former IG Dr. Martin Malama to congratulate him and assured him of my availability to ensure we maximise the voter turn-out for President Edgar Lungu.”
“The race was less about me and more about the President and I’ll remain true to that objective. It’s not a great feeling to let go of Kanchibiya in order for my brother Dr. Malama to operate effectively as he represents the interests of the Party. It’s a painful experience for me, my team and supporters but maybe it wasn’t meant to be at this point,” he said.
“Thank you for all the faith and confidence you had in me. I have grown and learnt a lot on this journey.”