Zambia Reports (Lusaka)

21 January 2013

Zambia: Munkombwe Joins PF, Backs Livingstone Candidate

Veteran politician Daniel Munkombwe says he is now paddling the boat with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

Munkombwe who served as a Southern Province minister in the MMD government told ZANIS that he would soon embark on a vigorous campaign for the candidate that the ruling party will announce ahead of the Livingstone central parliamentary by-elections slated for February 28.

Munkombwe said PF was the only party with democratic principles and values.

He said he decided to throw himself into "the game" and assist the ruling Patriotic Front because other parties had nothing to offer.

"I am readily available to embark on a serious election campaign for PF because am already paddling in the boat with the Patriotic Front," Munkombwe said.

He said he was merely playing a citizenry role of practicing democracy by choosing the political party to support.

The PF has shown hesitation to embrace Munkombwe's support.

On Wednesday, Media and Publicity director for the ruling Patriotic Front Chanda Mfula said that the PF would wait for official communication from Munkombwe regarding the role he wished to play in his support to the party in the said by-election.

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