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UPP candidate withdraws from Kabwata by-elections

United Progressive Party-UPP- Kabwata parliamentary candidate FRANCIS LIBUNDA has withdrawn from the by election slated for January 20, 2022.

Mr. LIBANDA cited what he termed the questionable credibility of a candidate he did not name as one of the reasons for his withdrawal.

He said relevant authorities needed to take an interest.

Mr. LIBANDA said this in a letter made available to ZNBC news in Lusaka today.

Meanwhile, the ruling UPND has called on women in Kabwata Constituency to turn up in numbers and vote for its candidate ANDREW TAYENGWA in the January 20 by-election if they are to get meaningful development.

UPND Deputy National Women’s Chairperson GLADYS TAVARIS says the UPND has already started honouring its campaign promises as seen from the implementation of free education.

Ms. TAVARIS said women should adopt the same spirit they used when voting during last year’s general election that saw the UPND form government.

Addressing the media in Lusaka today, Ms. TAVARIS further called for unity among women saying the new dawn government is putting in place policies that will favour them.

She said UPND candidate TAYENGWA has been doing a lot of work for people in Kabwata hence should be given a chance to represent them in Parliament.

Ms. TAVARIS further advised women to take an active approach in deciding the allocation of the 25-million kwacha Constituency Development Funds -CDF- in Kabwata.

And People’s Alliance for Change candidate SYDNEY ZYAMBO says he will involve the young people in his development agenda of Kabwata constituency.

Mr. ZYAMBO who is the youngest candidate participating in the by-election, says it is important to elect a youth in the decision making position as they constitute a huge portion of the County’s population.

Speaking in an interview with ZNBC News, Mr. ZYAMBO said his party is using posters and door to door campaigns, as advised by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

MEANWHILE, Socialist Party Candidate TRIPHER NG’ANDU has promised to empower women, the vulnerable and orphans when elected.

The Kabwata seat fell vacant following the death of UPND’s LEVY M’KANDAWIRE in November last year.

Other candidates vying the Kabwata seat are CLEMENT TEMBO of the PF while EEP has CHILUFYA TAYALI.

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