Tuesday, August 20, 2013

PF East holds interviews for by-elections
By Christopher Miti in Chipata
Thu 01 Aug. 2013, 14:00 CAT

FORMER Mkaika MMD member of parliament David Phiri, who is now a PF member, on Monday came out third during the PF provincial interviews held in Chipata.

According to a provincial executive committee member who declined to be named, Simbao Tenford Banda was first, while Reverend Ackson Banda emerged second.

The source said the three names would now be submitted to the party's Central Committee which is expected to announce a candidate for Mkaika on Saturday.

The Mkaika by-election was caused by Phiri's defection to the ruling party.

In Malambo, Jack Shuma came out first, followed by Joyce Banda and Kaweche Kaunda.

The by-election came about after Kaweche petitioned former Malambo MMD member of parliament Maxwell Mwale's election in 2011.

And in Petauke, a businessman Elias Daka (popularly known as Eliboma), came out first followed by Julius Mwale, while Charles Nyanoka came third.

The source said others who had applied for adoption, such as provincial PF secretary Leonard Banda who petitioned the election of Dora Siliya, provincial PF chairperson Mike Tembo and PF Lusaka Province secretary Horace Longwe, would only be interviewed by the Central Committee.
The source said the trio could not be interviewed by lower organs because they were provincial leaders.

The provincial executive committee members, who pledged not to reveal what transpired in the interviews, said the PF wants to adopt a strong candidate who could defeat Siliya.

The UPND is likely to adopt Mwale in Malambo. The MMD has not yet announced its candidates.

In Petauke Central, the MMD is likely to field Siliya whose election was nullified by the Supreme Court.

NAREP is the only party that has announced its candidates in all three constituencies in Eastern Province.

By-elections in the three constituencies are scheduled for September 5.

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