By-election looms in Solwezi east


SOLWEZI East MMD member of parliament Richard Taima says there will be a serious electoral showdown in Solwezi should his party go ahead with its latest plans to hound out those serving in the current government.

Commenting on President Michael Sata’s assurance to all opposition MMD members of parliament serving in the government that his administration will take urgent and practical interventions to ensure that they are protected against all forms of harassment and intimidation, Taima said during an interview yesterday that the assurance could not have come at a better time.

President Sata, who urged the affected members of parliament to draw comfort, courage and lessons from Stephen Masumba’s victory, said even in the worst case scenario, their parliamentary seats were safe as they were guaranteed adoption under the PF ticket.

Taima said there was information that the MMD’s plan was to kick out its members of parliament serving in the government.

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