10 November 2012

Zambia: Nevers Concedes Defeat, Salutes PF

Mufumbwe — MMD president Nevers Mumba has congratulated the PF for winning the Mufumbwe parliamentary seat Dr Mumba said the MMD had lost the battle in Mufumbwe but it would continue its country-wide member mobilisation exercise to prepare for the 2016 elections which would be aimed at bouncing back to power.

He urged party members to be strong because the journey was long before the objective could be met.

He thanked the residents of Mufumbwe for their hospitality as well as his 'foot soldiers' for the spirited fight they gave in the campaigns and avoided provocation from opponents.

Dr Mumba however, said the former ruling party would decide the way forward on the elections after conducting a postmortem.

He said he would be going back to Lusaka a disappointed man because he felt the police had helped the PF to deliver the seat.

Efforts to get UNIP's Steven Kamwengo failed as he was reportedly in Lalafuta area where he had gone to cast his votes.

PF's winning candidate, Steven Masumba beat MMD's Stafford Mulusa and Mr Kamwengo in the election.

Mr Masumba polled 8, 177 and Mr Mulusa got 5, 522 while Mr Kamwengo had a paltry 184.

The seat fell vacant when Mr Masumba was expelled by the MMD and immediately joined the PF which adopted him to re-contest the seat.

Mufumbwe has a population of 55, 000, a total of 16 wards with 40 polling stations and 27, 027 registered voters and 52 streams.

The district is 2, 050 per square kilometer.

The result now brings the PF seats in Parliament to 65, MMD 51, the UPND with 30, Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) and the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) with one each and two Independent MPs.

Returning officer Pethias Kamakonga declared Mr Masumba winner yesterday at 07:46hours at the council chamber which was the totaling centre.

However, jubilation started after Mr Masumba took an early lead in 36 polling stations on polling day.

The PF cadres took to the streets which were earlier quiet when the voting and later counting started.

The MMD and UNIP were nowhere near the totaling centre apart from one UPND official.

Celebrations in the PF camp intensified around 05:00 hours as word went round that Mr Masumba was leading the pack.

After totaling was finished, PF campaign manager Jean Kapata brought Mr Masumba on her back to the chamber while jokingly shouting; "I have brought you my baby, the play boy," amid jubilation from other cadres.

After being declared winner, Mr Masumba was smeared with white powder, lifted shoulder high by PF cadres as they went round the civic centre before setting to the street.

Addressing the Press later, Mr Masumba said the fight was not easy.

"This should serve as a lesson to MMD president Nevers Mumba not to expel members from the party," he said.

He challenged Dr Mumba to expel Solwezi East MMD MP Richard Taima who is Commerce deputy minister in order to test the strength of the opposition in North-Western Province.

He was grateful to the electorate for showing confidence in him and assured that he would heed President Michael Sata's advice and would deliver to the people of Mufumbwe.

Mr Masumba said the malicious campaign of being called a 'play boy' would not affect his performance in Parliament.

Ms Kapata said the victory had signaled that the PF was a national party and the people of North-Western Province had endorsed President Sata's leadership.

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