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Candidates play up by-election victory

MUNIDE ZULU, Lusaka
POLITICAL parties contesting the Chawama, Masaiti and Senga Hill parliamentary by-elections have expressed optimism of scooping all seats.
The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development (UPND) said in separate interviews that they are confident of winning on April 14.
PF elections chairperson Musonda Mpakata said the ruling party will also scoop all ward by-elections scheduled for April 14.
“The campaigns are going on well and we are ready for them in all the three by-elections. We are putting across a campaign message of continued development under President Lungu,” Mr Mpakata said.
He said the PF will continue bringing development in the country and delivering according to campaign promises.
And UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma also described the campaigns as peaceful except for some pockets of violence in Chawama.
Mr Kakoma also said the UPND is conducting door-to-door campaigns.
In the Chawama by-election, the PF is fielding Lawrence Sichalwe, UPND has Charles Kasalwe, UNIP Baywell Kaluba, 4th Revolution Party Benson Silwamba and National Revolution Party Martha Mumba.
In Masaiti, PF has Michael Katambo, UPND Peter Mumba and UNIP Lason Musumali while Lyton Mokola is an independent.
In Senga Hill, the PF has Kapembwa Simbao while the UPND has Giles Yambayamba.
The Chawama seat fell vacant after Mr Lungu was elected Republican President while the Masaiti and Senga Hill seats were nullified following electoral malpractices during the 2011 elections.

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