HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama
PRESIDENT Lungu has directed the Patriotic Front (PF) in Northern Province to start identifying potential candidates for the Kasama Central and Lubansenshi parliamentary seats, which have just fallen vacant.
Speaking before departure for Lusaka yesterday after officiating at the coronation ceremony of Henry Sosala as Paramount Chief Chitimukulu, Mr Lungu said: â€œKuno ku Northern Province namukwata ama elections, Mucheleka inchito naipwa lelo. So icho tulefwaya chakweba ati mutufwaile ba candidate aba keminina, tatulefwaya GBM. Mupando wesu ulya. (By-elections are due here in Northern Province. From today, Mucheleka is no longer MP, so you have to identify candidates. We donâ€™t want GBM. That is our seat),â€ he said.
President Lungu said the party should look for humble people, and not those who would brag about money.
And PF secretary general Davies Chama said the party is prepared to scoop the two vacant seats in the province.
Mr Chama said he is happy that justice has been delivered in the parliamentary petition against former Lubansenshi MP Patrick Mucheleka.
â€œWe are happy that the Supreme Court has finally made a ruling on the Lubansenshi seat,â€ Mr Chama said.
He said politics need people who are committed to changing the lives of the people.
â€œThere is need for commitment to work, to change and transform this country and thatâ€™s the leadership that we are looking for,â€ Mr Chama said.
He challenged Mr Mwamba and Mr Mucheleka to stand on the UPND ticket if they think they are popular.
â€œThe UPND is finished, they cannot win an election,â€ he said.
And speaking on arrival in Kasama, President Lungu said he would work with traditional leaders in unifying the nation to shame people that want to play tribal politics.
Addressing residents who welcomed him at Kasama Airport yesterday, Mr Lungu said he was in Northern Province to promote national unity.
He also urged peaceful celebrations of the Chitimukuluâ€™s coronation and the Ukusefya pa Ngâ€™wena ceremony today.
He said chiefsâ€™ affairs affect every Zambian, hence the need to celebrate the occasion in unity and shame advocates of regionalism.
President Lungu, who was welcomed by Northern Province Minister Freedom Sikazwe, government and party officials, touched down at Kasama Airport at about 08:50 hours.
He was accompanied by Mines, Energy and Water Development Minister Christopher Yaluma and Commerce deputy minister Miles Sampa among others.
HENRY SINYANGWE, Kasama