Zambia Direct Democracy Movement leader Edwin Sakala has drawn sharp criticism for opening campaigns for the Kasenengwa seat before even the incumbent is buried.

Sakala has been spotted in Kasenengwa laying the ground for campaigns for the seat that was held Gender Minister Victoria Kalima who died on Monday evening.

The vocal former civil society activist has been hopping from one radio station to the next announcing his candidature.

Sakala is reaching out to the Patriotic Front to back him for the support he has been giving them.

He said he would have an audience with President Lungu to seek his support.

But former Dilika ward councilor in Chipata Central constituency Alberto Phiri said it was unfair for Sakala to start announcing his candidature when the nation was still mourning former Kasenengwa MP Victoria Kalima.

“I am very much disappointed with Mr Sakala because when somebody is in the mortuary you cannot be talking about his or her position. What Mr Sakala said to me is very unfair. We are Zambians, we are Africans and we have to believe in the African way of thinking. I think it is better for Mr Sakala to apologize to the people of Kasenengwa and the country as a whole. I am not happy, I don’t know what kind of a person Mr Sakala is?” he said.

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