– Newly elected Patriotic Front (PF) Zambezi West Member of Parliament (MP) Christabel Ngimbu, says PF victory in the recent four parliamentary by-elections is genuine.
Ms Ngimbu said in her maiden speech in Parliament today that the people of Zambezi West including other parts of the country were appreciating the efforts of President Michael Sata and the entire PF leadership.
She pledged to develop Zambezi West Constituency which was allegedly neglected for over a decade by the opposition UPND’s Charles Kakoma.
“Mr Speaker Sir, PF victory in Zambezi West including other parts of the country is genuine and it has come at the right time. This is so because of President Sata’s hard work and commitment to service delivery and promises he made to the people,” Ms. Ngimbu said.
She bragged that she has sent Mr Kakoma into retirement from active politics and that signalled a strong lesson to the other remaining MMD and UPND MPs still holding seats in parliament.
She said her area has started witnessing meaningful development in just three years under the PF administration unlike the 20-year regime of MMD that was characterized with no-development.
She disclosed that Government has released funds for constructing Chieftainess Kucheka’s palace, Zambezi Boarding High school and Kashizhi bridge in order to open up the area.
The PF Zambezi law-maker further disclosed that her area is endowed with natural resources like water and oil deposits and her main task was to woo investors to invest in the area.
And Ms Ngimbu has thanked the PF campaign team that assisted help in the tightened political campaigns in the run-up to September 11 polls.
Ms Ngimbu paid gratitude to President Sata, Vice President, Guy Scott, PF Secretary General, Edgar Lungu, her Campaign Manager, Wylbur Simuusa, Local Government Minister, Emmanuel Chenda and Tourism Minister, Jean Kapata among others including the traditional leaders that supported her to ascend to Manda Hill (National Assembly).
"Mr Speaker Sir, I would like to thank President Sata, Vice President Dr. Guy Scott, PF Secretary General, Edgar Lungu, my Campaign Manager, Wylbur Simuusa including many others who helped and supported me throughout the political campaign period. The people of Zambezi West constituency are now fully represented and their challenges will be eased by me," Ms Ngimbu said.
Ms Ngimbu scooped the Zambezi West by-election with 3,423 votes beating her closest rival, Charles Kakoma of the UPND, who polled 1,173 votes.
The ruling PF scooped the Vubwi, Mkushi South and Zambezi West parliamentary seats out of the five that were contested including the recent win in Mangango poll. The PF has brought its mark in Parliament to 74 in the 158-seat House.
The PF popularity has continued to grow with three more seats added to its tally in Parliament against the opposition Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD), the former ruling party which has further lost ground in its strongholds across the country and the United Party for National Development (UPND).
The PF had only 60 when it came to power in 2011 but it has gradually increased its numbers through by-elections. The UPND’s win in Solwezi Central has been neutralised by its loss of the Zambezi West seat to the PF. It, too now has 37 parliamentary seats.