Chanda has been weighing his options of stepping up the political ladder after having missed out on parliamentary nomination in 2016.
The youthful leader has been not hidden his ambition to step up and may have to wriggle his way of the grassroots preferred Manda with provincial election drawing closer.
Incumbent Stephen Kainga is understood not to be seeking a fresh mandate.
Chanda has been meeting structures and selling his ideas that he is ready to go for the higher position.
However, on the other side, Manda has kept low his desire to take up the top job but mobilising numbers.