THE United Party for National Development (UPND), Zambia’s recently elected ruling party, has lost the first by-election in the country to the opposition PF.
Hakainde Hichilema’s UPND dramatically deposed Edgar Lungu’s PF from power in the August 2021 election by just close to a million votes. But the celebration for UPND might ne shortlived as the PF appears to be still popular, as the results from the Kaumbwe constituency show.
PF Parliamentary candidate Aaron Mwanza has emerged victorous in the just ended by elections.
Out of 46 polling stations, PF candidate Mwanza got 6,633, Esnart Sakala of UPND got 3,117. Meanwhile, Masauso Daka of Socialist Party got 1,835.
And speaking after Mwanza was declared the winner, PF Central Committee Member in charge of Information and Publicity Rapheal Nakachinda said the victory is the beginning of UPND losing the 2026 general elections.
He said people of Kaumbwe have rejected UPND because of its fake promises.
And Mwanza has promised to take victory to the area. He said the people of Kaumbwe will not suffer during his reign and that an MP did not necessarily need to be from the ruling party of the day for him or her to bring development to communities. He described Hichilema as a fair leader despite him being from a different party.
“President Hakainde Hichilema is a fair president because he talked of One Zambia, One Nation. So our message was to inform the people on how development comes in the constituency, an area MP does not need to come from the ruling party.
“There is no advance money in the ruling party in order to bring development to the people. It has to take an individual MP to bring development and how he can lobby. So I have got all those kinds of abilities to perform as an opposition member of parliament.”