UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has conceded defeat in the last three parliamentary by-elections and has congratulated the Patriotic Front (PF) for scooping the seats.
Mr Hichilema, who attributed the loss to voter apathy, appealed to the winning candidates to serve the public interest by putting aside selfish or personal interests.
He, however, said that the Chawama parliamentary by-election seemed to have been won by voter apathy following the low turnout recorded.
Mr Hichilema said only 15 per cent of registered voters were reported to have turned out in the Chawama parliamentary by-election.
The PF won the Chawama, Masaiti and Senga Hill parliamentary seats which fell vacant after Mr Edgar Lungu (Chawama MP) was elected Republican President while the other two were nullified by the courts of law.
Mr Hichilema said in the by-elections UPND had demonstrated that it was providing the only major opposition to the current PF Government.
“The inroads we have made into Eastern Province and our strong performance in the Senga Hill parliamentary by-election also provide further evidence that the UPND’s popularity continues to surge across the length and breadth of the country,” he said.
And the Patriotic Front says its victory in the just ended Chawama, Senga Hill and Masaiti constituencies was a projection of the ruling party’s performance in next year’s general election.
PF campaign manager Miles Sampa said the victory was an expression of the people’s confidence in the PF as a ruling party especially in line with the development programmes currently underway across Zambia.
He said Zambians have invested their confidence in the PF leadership and would not be taken for granted and the PF will be delivering on their promises of making the country better through various infrastructure development in roads, health facilities and schools.
“This is a landmark victory for the PF, and for the President so that we can bring more water to Chawama and remove the garbage and everything else they have been asking us to do and this goes to all constituencies because whatever happens in Chawama, happens in Matero, happens in Kabwata, Mandevu, and Lusaka Central.
The PF scooped all the three parliamentary by-elections in Chawama, Masaiti and Senga Hill constituencies.
Lawrence Sichalwe beat his closed contender in Chawama after he amassed 7160 votes against Charles Kaselwa of UPND who got 3029.