Kambwili wins Roan parliamentary seat

Chishimba Kambwili
Chishimba Kambwili

The Patriotic Front (PF) has scooped the Roan parliamentary seat in the 2016 general elections.

PF candidate Chishimba Kambwili bounced back with a landslide victory for the third term running.

This was after Kambwili garnered 11,397 votes, beating his rival Andrew Kayekesi of the United Party for National Development (UPND) who got 5099.

The candidate for the Forum for Democratic Development (FDD) Basililo Mulenga polled 888, with Dadar Munsanje an independent candidate gathering 1,867 and Rainbow party’s Daniel Chebwe got a paltry 336 votes.

Roan constituency Returning Officer Elizabeth Manda announced the results at Roan Antelope totalling centre last night at  22:08 hours, declaring Dr. Kambwili as duly elected MP for the area.

This followed a night long counting and verification of ballots by stakeholders who included the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), officials from all participating political parties and foreign observers from the European Union.

Ms. Manda said 316 ballot papers were rejected as invalid but no ballots were disputed.

And speaking to journalists shortly after being declared winner, newly elected Roan MP, Kambwili thanked President Edgar Lungu, his family, campaign team and the electorates for the support rendered to him.

Dr. Kambwili has since pledged to work with the people of Roan in particular and Luanshya district as a whole and that he would construct a secondary school in the constituency as his first project.

He was flanked by some party officials,   among other members who chanted praises in jubilation.

Roan constituency has a total of 43 polling stations with 25,406 registered voters.

Meanwhile, counting of votes for presidential and other elections continues with Luanshya central constituency still receiving results from some parts of the district.