Vice President George Kunda congratulates UPND
Vice President George Kunda has congratulated the United Party for National Development (UPND) for the scooping the Solwezi Central parliamentary by-elections.
Mr. Kunda said he has deliberately congratulated only the UPND as it was the party that had chosen a candidate and was recognised in parliament.
The UPND candidate Watson Lumba won the tightly contested polls after pouring 5669 against MMD‘s candidate Albert Chifita who got 4457 ,FDA’s Muhammad Kalela got 189, and Thomas Kafula an independent managed to get 51 votes
However, Mr. Kunda has condemned the recent violence that characterized the recent by-elections in the country.
He said government is concerned with the level of violence during by-elections but will leave everything to the law enforcers.
He said political parties who encourage their cadres to be violent should be ready to face the wrath of the law enforcement agencies.
Mr. Kunda said this in Parliament today during the Vice President question time.
This was after Luena MP Charles Milupi who asked the Vice President what government was doing to curb violence during elections.
Mr. Kunda said violence in any election should not be entertained and called on political parties to encourage their members to exercise peaceful campaigns.
He said political parties should condemn all its members who are practising violence during campaigns and election.
“It is the duty of political parties to encourage its members to be peaceful during election this is more important that the country has enjoyed peace since independence” he said.