PF in Lundazi optimistic

THE Patriotic Front (PF) in Lundazi is optimistic that it is gaining ground in the district after emerging victorious in a local government ward by-election last week.
The ruling party won Nthitimila ward seat in Lundazi Central, which was hitherto held by the MMD.
The PF candidate, Mackson Bili, who was re-contesting the seat after defecting from the opposition MMD, polled 1,000 votes, while Partson Sambo of the United Party for National Development (UPND) was second with 559 votes.
PF Eastern Province treasurer Evans Kazonga, who was part of the campaign team in the by-election, said the victory is an indication that the ruling party is gaining ground in the district, once an MMD stronghold.
The PF now has five out of 27 local government seats in the district. Majority of the seats are held by the MMD.
Mr Kazonga attributed the victory in Nthitimila, which is dependent on agriculture, to the PF administration’s commitment to distributing farm inputs early and the decision by President Lungu to increase the purchase price of maize from K70 to K75.
Mr Kazonga, who is aspiring to contest the parliamentary seat in Lundazi Central Constituency, is confident that the party will win the seat, currently held by the MMD, in next year’s election.
And PF Lundazi Central Constituency chairperson Yonah Ng’andu said the people of Lundazi have started appreciating the work that the PF is doing in terms of road rehabilitation and agriculture development.
He urged the local party leadership to work harder in order to attract more members before the 2016 elections.

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