By Chileshe Mwango /mike Ishmael
The opposition UPND has threatened to withdraw from the Katuba parliamentary by election campaigns if there will be politically motivated violence.
Party Chairman for Elections, Garry Nkombo however remains hopeful that the experience in Katuba constituency will be different from what has happened in past by-elections where in some cases lives have been lost due to violence.
Mr. Nkombo has since challenged the Zambia Police and the Electoral Commission of Zambia to ensure that agreed timetables for campaigns in Katuba are respected by all participating political parties.
He tells Phoenix News that engaging in acts of violence during campaigns should be discouraged by all political party leaders.
Still on the Katuba by election, University of Zambia historian, Eustone Chiputa says popularity of a party’s candidate in Katuba constituency is what will determine who will win.
Dr. Chiputa in an interview with Phoenix News explains that history shows that the electorate in Katuba prefer electing someone with royalty which is likely to favor the PF candidate zacks Mwachilele, who is a headman in the area.
He also says the UPND candidate Aubrey Kapalasa may be favored by the party’s incumbency but says this will all depend on how the opposition party uses this status.
Going into the Katuba by election, the ruling Patriotic Front has adopted headman Zacks Mwachilele while the UPND has settled for Aubrey Kapalasa.