Candidates file nominations for Livingstone and Mpongwe by-elections

PF candidate for Mpongwe Gabriel Namulambe.

PF candidate for Mpongwe Gabriel Namulambe.

The filing in of nominations by candidates for the Livingstone and Mponwe parliamentary by-elections have started at the Livingstone City Council and Mpongwe District Councils respectively. Opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy’s (MMD) Fred Siasuntwe was the first candidate to file his nominations at 10:00 hours in Livingstone. Siasuntwe was flanked by nine supporters who were led by the party’s Vice President Michael Kaingu. Two other candidates, United Party for National Development’s (UPND) Regina Musokotwane and Patriotic Front’s Lawrence Evans are yet to file in their nominations. The filing in of nominations is expected to end at about 15:00 hours today. The Livingstone by-election, which is scheduled to take place on 28th February 2013, fell vacant after former UPND MP Howard Sikwela resigned from the opposition party due to alleged hostility from the party members. And in Mponwe the first to file the nomination was MMD’s Miniva Mutesa who was followed by National Restoration Party’s [NAREP] Regina Ndlovu. The PF’s Gabriel Namulambe was the third while the UPND candidate is to file in this afternoon while the UNIPcandidate is to file in his nomination this afternoon. The Mpongwe seat Fell vacant after the resignation of former MMD Mpongwe MP Gabriel Namulambe who since defected to the ruling PF.