The United Party for National Development has scooped the Katuba Parliamentary by-elections with landslide victory of over 2000 votes.
UPND’s Jonas Shakafuswa polled 4, 787, votes followed by PF’s Moses Chilando with 2, 747 votes, MMD’s Cecil Homes 734, NAREP’s Joseph Mushilika 566, ABZ’s Patricia Mwashingwele 393, UNIP’s Allan Malawo 124 and NRP’S Shakespeare Mwakumui 23.
And party president Hakainde Hichilema said UPND’s victory in Katuba was a clear demonstration that the people of Zambia have rejected the PF government style of leadership, says UPND president.
Hichilema said UPND’s win was an indication that PF government had also lost grip in Lusaka because Chunga ward in Katuba constituency was an extension of Matero and Mandevu constituency in Lusaka.
“Vice President Guy Scott said if UPND fails to win the Katuba seat it would mean that we have even lost in Lusaka but now it is PF which has lost the grip in Lusaka,” he said.
Hichilema said UPND won Katuba Constituency by-elections because the residents there were tired of the lies of the ruling party.
“The people of Katuba decided to vote for our candidate because they wanted a party which will fight for the immediate release of the final draft constitution,” he said.
Hichilema said the people of Katuba wanted a reduction in the cost of mealie meal and fuel which would enable them boost agricultural production.
“The people of Katuba want all the dismissed nurses to be reinstated, improved agriculture system and be able to take their children to school,” he said.
He said UPND has proved to its critics wrong that it was not a tribal party by scooping Mvula and Pongwe ward seats in Chililabombwe on the Copperbelt.
Hichilema said the victory also showed that the UPND was a party of choice for Zambians and that was why people of Katuba decided to endorse Jonas Shakafuswa.
“I want to thank the people of Katuba, our candidate and the entire campaign team in Katuba for a job well done,” he said.
Meanwhile the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) said it is disappointed with reports of alleged malpractices and incidents of violence that occurred on the polling day in Katuba.
The commission has since appealed to all political parties to exercise patience restrain and tolerance in future by-elections as such kind of vices were detrimental to the electoral process and democracy.
And National Restoration Party (NAREP) has expressed disappointment in the outcome of the just ended Katuba by-elections.
NAREP National Secretary Jevan Kamanga said he was disappointed that out of 28,000 registered voters in Katuba constituency , the winner only polled 4,000.
He said many people did not vote because of the confusion that erupted in Katuba on Tuesday and only those that had the power to fight back managed to transport people to the polling stations to cast their votes.
“We are appealing to the youths both in opposition and the ruling party to refrain from engaging themselves in violence as it is not a solution to any problem,” he said.
NAREP also called on all politicians to refrain from using the innocent youths as tools of violence as they were the leaders of tomorrow.