The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has finally begun to establish its authority in the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) stronghold, Southern Province, by winning some local government by elections in yesterday’s polls.
The ruling party has boasted through its website that it has convincingly claimed the Basanga Ward local government seat in Itezhi-tezhi constituency after polling 542 votes against UPND’s 139 votes.
The ruling PF has further claimed another crucial victory in the UPND stronghold after winning Lambwe ward in Namwala while some results in other local government by elections are still yet to be announced.
Recently, President, Michael Sata appointed Itezhi-tezhi Member of Parliament, Greyford Monde, as Agriculture Deputy Minister, a move that angered the UPND, that quickly moved to expel the parliamentarian for choosing to work with the government of the day to improve the livelihoods of his constituents.
But it appears the people of Itezhi-tezhi are fully behind the move taken by their Member of Parliament after they voted for the PF for the first time in preference for the usual dominant party, the UPND, the party they have voted for since 2001.
“The result will come a s a bitter blow to the UPND especially following the decision by another of their Members of Parliament, Comrade Richwell Siamunene, to accept a ministerial position from President Sata,” the story reads in part.
Mr Siamunene was sworn in by President Sata at State house on Thursday as Commerce Deputy Minister, becoming the second UPND Member of Parliament to accept a ministerial position in the PF government.
Meanwhile in Mpongwe Parliamentary by election the PF has scooped the seat including the Muchinga Ward in the capital Lusaka’s Matero Constituency, where the ruling party polled 910 votes against MMD’s 321 and UPND’s 150 votes.