Lusaka deputy Mayor Mulenga Sata yesterday went through un-opposed as the new Lusaka district PF chairman in an election that was characterised by confusion.
The confusion forced embattled Lusaka Province party chairman Geoffrey Chumbwe to issue threats that he would call off the elections.
After the threats the cadres descended on Chumbwe whom they physically roughed up before he was forced to conduct the election.
The action against Chumbwe forced candidates believed to be supporters of Wynter Kabimba to withdraw from the election as a result of the pressure from cadres who wanted President Sata’s son Mulenga to go through unopposed.
After he was declared winner, Mulenga Sata said he would have loved to win the election through a natural vote as opposed to being un-opposed. He said Banda had exercised his democratic right to withdraw.
Some PF cadres from Mandevu, Chawama, Kanyama believed to be supporters of Goodson Banda and Chikwelete complained of threats and intimidation from the other camp.
Among PF ministers and deputy ministers who witnessed the confusion by PF thugs from Banda’s camp were Mandevu MP Jean Kapata, Kanyama law maker Colonel Gerry Chanda, Matero’s Miles Sampa, Kabwata MP Given Lubinda, Munali MP Professor Nkandu Luo and Chawama lawmaker Edgar Lungu.
Other where Home Affairs Minister and his deputy Dr. Ngosa Simbyakula and Steven Kampyongo who watched in disbelief at the unruly PF.
And conspicuously missing from the long awaited district election were Vice-President Guy Scott, PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba and central committee chairperson for elections Sylvia Masebo who is Tourism and Arts Minister.