Kasama Central switches into campaign mood

THE declaration of the Kasama Central parliamentary seat vacant by the National Assembly has culminated into an incredible spectacle as both the Patriotic Front and United Party for National Development (UPND) members automatically switching into campaign mood.
Party cadres from the two parties were spotted going around the streets and main market in Kasama chanting slogans.
The rival groups were seen here crossing the same battle grounds, but peacefully.
Kasama residents talked to said they were not shocked to see premature election campaign before the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) could set a date for the poll and when no single party has adopted candidates.
A snap survey revealed mixed feelings about the imminent parliamentary by-election. James Mwape said Speaker of the National Assembly Patrick Matibini’s declaration was expected because it is not possible for the former MP, Geoffrey Mwamba, to ‘serve two masters’.
“For me, it is about morals and principles. A person has got to choose between right and wrong,” Mr Mwape said, adding, “I will vote wisely.”
Mary Njovu wondered why Mr Mwamba was intending to recontest the seat when the UPND has offered him a more ‘dignified portfolio’.
Dr Matibini declared the Kasama seat vacant following Mr Mwamba’s decision to cross the floor.  Mr Mwamba is now UPND vice president for administration.

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