Zambia: Mpongwe, Livingstone Candidates File Nominations

FIVE candidates yesterday successfully filed in their nominations for the Livingstone parliamentary by-election, while in Mpongwe five candidates managed to lodge their documents for the polls set for February 28.

In Livingstone, those who filed were Lawrence Evans for Patriotic Front (PF), Regina Musokotwane from United Party for National Development (UPND) and Fred Siasuntwe of MMD.

Others were Green Mwanang'ombe for UNIP and Angela Ikabongo for Revolutionary Community Party. An independent candidate George Muyaya was turned away after he came late to file his papers. Mr Evans, who was escorted by Gender Minister Inonge Wina and other senior PF officials, said he would capture the seat because the residents had faith in policies of the ruling party.

Ms Musokotwane, who was escorted by Mazabuka Member of Parliament Gary Nkombo and other senior party officials, urged members not to be confrontational and expressed confidence of emerging the winner.

MMD vice-president Michael Kaingu and other senior party officials accompanied Mr Siasuntwe.

Vice-President Guy Scott was yesterday in Mpongwe to drum up support for the PF candidate Gabriel Namulambe.

Dr Scott told a rally that Government would soon tar the Mpongwe-Machiya Road and that the project was not being announced as a campaign gimmick but that it was already included in the ambitious Link Zambia 8000 and Pave Zambia 2000 projects.

The candidates who successfully filed in their nominations are Mr Namulambe, MMD's Miniver Mutesa, UPND's Rabson Chilufya, Reagan Ndhlovu of National Restoration Party (NAREP) and UNIP's Kenny Kuveya.

The Catherine Namugala-led MMD faction candidate Goodson Chilufya was turned away from the civic centre by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ).

Mr Namulambe, who was lifted shoulder-high on the way to the civic centre, was ushered into the chamber by campaign manager Jean Kapata, PF national youth chairperson Chishimba Kambwili and Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge.

Ms Mutesa was ushered in by MMD delegation leader Mwansa Mbulakulima and party chairperson for elections Kenneth Chipungu, while the NAREP candidate made a low-key arrival with his mandatory nine supporters.

But there was a slight problem with the UNIP candidate who was scheduled to be the first to file in his nomination but failed to raise the required number of supporters, forcing him to send one of his agents to cycle back into the vastness of the constituency to find more supporters.

The Mpongwe seat fell vacant following the resignation of Mr Namulambe from the MMD to join the PF.

Meanwhile, a 57-year-old woman yesterday died on the spot after being run over by an ECZ vehicle on Mpongwe-Luanshya Road.

Copperbelt police chief Mary Tembo confirmed the accident which occurred around 08:30 hours yesterday and named the deceased as Eslina Mapulanga of Chief Kalunkumia's area.

Ms Tembo said the driver of the vehicle, George Chilombwa, lost control of the Toyota Land Cruiser, registration number ABF 930, due to excessive speed and hit the woman who was completely off the road.

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