FIRST Republican president Kenneth Kaunda says he has for peace and development in the general elections yesterday.
Dr Kaunda, who cast his vote at Woodlands ‘A’ Primary School in Lusaka, was cheerfully greeted by the crowd on arrival.
He arrived at 12:37 hours and was ushered into the voting room where he cast his vote for presidential, parliamentary, mayoral, councillor and the referendum at 12:50 hours.
Speaking after voting, Dr Kaunda said he was happy with the turnout of voters.
“I was voting for peace and development. It is great to see a large turnout of voters and they should maintain peace,” he said.
The crowd could not hide their excitement when a whirlwind developed immediately on Dr. Kaunda’s arrival and departure.
Earlier at Woodlands ‘A’, embattled MMD president Dr Nevers Mumba voted at 10:30 hours and was confident his alliance with the United Party for National Development (UPND) will yield a positive result.
Dr Mumba said the decision to enter into an alliance was to consolidate votes for UPND to ensure they reach the 50 plus one threshold.
He said Zambians had had enough and needed to start afresh, a decision made by the MMD party’s executive committee.
He said there was no need for any well-meaning Zambian to use a sword or hammer to dispute the results because there was now the Constitutional Court that would expedite the ruling in 14 days.
“We are dealing with a desperate Government but I am confident that with the setting up of the Constitutional Court, there is no need for anyone to raise a sword at a fellow Zambian. If there will be any grievances, the Constitutional Court will expedite on it,” he said.
Dr Mumba said every Zambian should peacefully wait for the Electoral Commission of Zambia to announce the results.
“We should wait and allow the voice of the Zambian people to speak. We should not allow our personal desires to override the decision made by the people,” he said.
Woodlands ‘A’ polling station opened at 06:00 hours and the voter turnout in the referendum was impressive.