By KALOBWE BWALYA
POLITICAL parties contesting the Kabwata parliamentary by-election have all expressed confidence of winning today’s election.
In an interview Patriotic Front acting President Given Lubinda said their candidate Mr Clement Tembo will win the elections unless his votes are manipulated.
Mr Lubinda said Mr Tembo will carry the day as people of Kabwata cannot continue suffering at the hands of the ruling UPND.
Mr Lubinda said Mr Tembo is the best example of the rebranding that the party has been talking about of engaging youths into the political sphere.
He said although the PF were being intimidated by the UPND, it managed to deliver its campaign message to the voters. Economic Equity Party candidate, Chilufya Tayali said the people of Kabwata have already chosen him to represent them in parliament because he has a sober mind and has a heart for the people. His focus is to bring objective checks and balances in Parliament.
He said although the time to campaigns was limited, he was given chance to conduct door to door campaigns without any difficulties.
Meanwhile, UPND candidate Mr Andre Teyengwa said they will win the seat because the party has delivered most of its campaign promises.
Mr Teyengwa said he will ensure that he builds on the developmental policies that the ruling party has so far began to roll out.
Democratic Party candidate Fred Mubanga said he was not scared of anything because he will definetely carry the day as the people of Kabwata needed a youthful minded leader and said once elected, his focus would be on addressing the challenges in the constituency.
UNIP candidate Ms Engiwe Mzyece said that being the only female candidate she stood a better chance of scooping the seat and will esnsure that she presents women in parliament fully.
And Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) candidate Henry Muleya said after winning, he will work on bringing social amenities to the constituency which have been lacking since time in memorial. The by-election was follows the death of UPND Member of Parliament Levy Mkandawire last year.