The Patriotic Front (PF) has scooped the Mulobezi parliamentary seat by-election held yesterday.
PF candidate Patricia Mulasikwanda polled 3,337 against her closest rival Hastings Sililo of the UPND who scored 3,313 votes in a tightly contested race.
ADD candidate Collins Mbangu came third and polled 69 votes while
UNIP’s Alfred Mandumbwa and Esau Mwanza of the Green Party are both at
par with 61 votes each.
Presiding Officer Fred Kapusa announced the results at Sichile Secondary school at 09:00 hours this morning and declared Mrs Mulasikwanda as the duly elected Member of Parliament for
Mr. Kapusa said there were 6,953 ballot papers and a total number of
rejected ballot papers were 112 in 32 polling stations and two streams
in the constituency.
And PF newly elected Mulobezi MP Patricia Mulasikwanda pledged to develop the area.
Mrs Mulasikwanda, said she would prioritise the improvement of water and sanitation and the
tarring of the Mulobezi/Livingstone road in order to open up the area because
a good road network was cardinal to economic development.
But UPND losing candidate Hastings Sililo in a separate interview said he
would re-contest the seat next year during the 2016 tripartite .
The elections victory in Mulobezi is means that the ruling PF has scooped all the three parliamentary
by-elections held yesterday in Petauke Central, Malambo and Mulobezi constituencies..
The ruling PF now has got three parliamentary seats in Western
province following the victory in Mulobezi ,Nalolo held by Vice President Inonge Wina and Mongu Central
by the Southern province Minister Nathaniel Mubukwanu .
Meanwhile, the opposition UPND has scooped the Machile Ward local
government by election held yesterday.
Gilbert Nawa polled 937 votes beating PF candidate Benard Sababwa
who polled 709 votes.
Returning Officer Fred Kapusa declared Nawa as the duly elected
Councillor for Machile ward.
PF Mulobezi constituency campaign Manager Jean Kapata said in a separate interview that the
people were appreciating the good policies of the government.
Ms. Kapata, who is also Tourism and Arts Minister, said the PF is the
only party that is closing the gap of SADC gender protocol of women
inclusion in decisions of making.
She warned the UPND to desist from acts of violence which she said
were barbaric and have no room in modern politics.
Meanwhile, there was jubilation at Sichili Primary School as PF cadres
took to the streets in celebration.
Addressing the PF members at the PF camp, newly elected MP Patricia Mulasikwanda urged
her supports not to relent but go flat out to explain the PF
policies to the people of Mulobezi and beyond.