AT LEAST eight former ministers in the Patriotic Front (PF) government have fallen in Thursday’s general elections, while for the first time it was a field day for most of the Independent candidates.
Among the PF big wigs that were casualties in the general elections included former Works and Supply minister Yamfwa Mukanga who lost his Kantanshi seat in Mufulira; former Home Affairs minister Davis Mwila has been rejected in Chipili in Luapula; former Higher Education minister Michael Kaingu’s Mwandi seat in Western Province has been taken by the UPND; former Copperbelt minister Mwenya Musenge has lost to an Independent in Kitwe’s Chimwemwe constituency; and former Livestock minister Greyford Moonde has been trounced in Itezhi-Tezhi by the UPND.
Others who have suffered humiliating defeat were former Defence minister Richwell Siamunene who has failed to defend his Sinazongwe seat, former Western Province minister Poniso Njeulu who has lost his Sinjembela seat to the UPND as well as former North Western Province minister Dawson Kafwaya who has been ousted by the UPND in Solwezi Central.
The Thursday elections were a season for independent candidates who have taken Chimwemwe, Wusakile, Kantashi, Rufunsa and Sinda constituencies.
The other surprise casualties were Jonas Shakafuswa, the once Katuba strongman, and former outspoken deputy minister Stephen Masumba, who has been evicted from Mfumbwe.
The general outlook as of yesterday was that UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema was leading in Central Province in a number of constituencies. In Lusaka, however, President Lungu was enjoying a good lead with all his parliamentary candidates sweeping all the seats.
The governing party has swept Chawama, Kanyama, Kabwata, Mandevu,
Matero and Munali constituencies but lost Chilanga.
UPND’s flamboyant political survivor and former Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo has yet again been humiliated by the PF’s Japhen Mwakalombe who has thrashed her for the second time in five years.