THE UPND says it will have an easy go at defeating the ruling PF in the Katuba by-election slated for July 30. UPND elections committee chairman Gary Nkombo however says the opposition party will not drop its guard.
The UPND has adopted Aubrey Bampi Kapalasa for the seat while the PF has settled for headman Zacks Mwachilele. Unveiling the Katuba UPND campaign team at the party secretariat in Lusaka yesterday, Nkombo said come July 30 the opposition party would have Bampi as a “brand new” member of parliament.
“We believe firmly that we are going to have an easy go at that competition but that’s not to say we are going to drop our guard. UPND is ready more than ever before to go and marshal a clean, violent-free political campaign in Katuba. The next 18 days to us will be full of nothing but hard work and excitement,” Nkombo, who is Mazabuka Central UPND member of parliament, said.
He disclosed that the Katuba by-election would be managed by Choma Central UPND member of parliament Cornelius Mweetwa, deputised by the party’s Central Province vice information and publicity secretary Joel Mboyoma.
The campaign team comprises Chibombo district chairman Lloyd Kayeka, and Keembe member of parliament Princess Kasune and her Chisamba counterpart Chushi Kasanda.
Others are the party’s National Management Committee (NMC) member and chairman for industrialisation Bernard Mpundu and a Mr Lilanda, who will be stationed in Chunga – the peri-urban ward of Katuba Constituency.
“We want to send good tidings to the people of Katuba and say we come in peace and we are going to leave in peace. Hopefully, that peace will carry along the victory for UPND,” said Nkombo.
On his part, Mweetwa said: “I’m equal to the task!”
“We are going into Katuba to replace one of our own; Katuba is a UPND seat. We are going for issue-based politics. We are going into Katuba to promulgate peace…”
“I would like to state that regardless of the candidate PF were going to choose, UPND would still retain the seat. Katuba is a test ground to give a signal for 2021.”
Meanwhile, Kayeka said: “mwababona sunu batentuka ba PF batalika kunoya chingailisha tuma ambulance ayi twamupa, tuma chinga ayi twamupa (you have seen how panicky the PF leadership has become; they are now taking ambulances and bicycles to the people!)”
Katuba Constituency has seven wards: Cholokelo, Muchenje, Kabile, Chunga, Chilo Chaba Lenje, Katuba and Mungule. The Katuba by-election follows the death of UPND member of parliament Patricia Mwashingwele in May.
Filing in of nomination papers is set for today.