Zambia: I'm Ready for Kafulafuta, Says Patrick Mwanawasa

LOSING Patriotic Front (PF) Kafulafuta Constituency candidate in the 2011 general elections, Patrick Mwanawasa says he is ready to re-contest the vacant seat if called upon by the ruling party.

Mr Mwanawasa said although he was now busy with school and family commitments, he would not turn down such a national duty of representing the people of Kafulafuta in Parliament if called upon.

"At the moment I have not received anything from the upper echelons of the party structure, but this time I am busier with my school and family commitments. Maybe 2016 would be much better for me," he said.

Mr Mwanawasa, who is the first born son of late President Levy Mwanawasa, contested the Kafulafuta seat on the PF ticket in 2011 but lost to James Chishiba, who recently defected from the MMD to the ruling party.

He said whichever candidate the party would adopt, the PF was favourite to claim the Kafulafuta seat going by the inroads the ruling party had made in the constituency and in other parts of Copperbelt rural previously dominated by the MMD.

On the raging issue of the removal of fuel and maize subsidies, Mr Mwanawasa admitted that in the short term the move would affect the citizens but called for sacrifice in order to get the long-term benefits.

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