The United Party for National Development (UPND) Patriotic Front (PF) Pact Co-spokesperson Given Lubinda says the pact is slowly closing-in in the number of seats in parliament.
Mr. Lubinda says the numbers of MMD seats is dwindling from 85 to 83 because the Pact is taking over at a sky rocketing speed.
In his congratulatory words in parliament today, Mr. Lubinda said the Pact scooping the Solwezi Central seat send serious signal to the rulling MMD.
Mr. Lubinda, who is also Kabwata Member of Parliament (MP), thanked the electorate in Solwezi Central constituency for making a wise decision to vote for the Pact candidate, Watson Lumba in a tightly contested polls.
‘I would like to thank and congratulate the Solwezi electorate for their wise decision to vote for our candidate, Watson Lumba. The MMD seats in parliament were 85 but now the seats are dwindling because the Pact is filling up the gap,” Mr. Lubinda said.
Last month, the UPND/PF Pact candidate Geoffrey Mwamba popularly known as GBM won the Kasama Central seat.
In yesterday’s elections, the UPND/PF Pact candidate Watson Lumba poured 5,669 against MMD‘s candidate Albert Chifita who got 4457 ,FDA’s Muhammad Kalela got 189, and independent candidate Thomas Kafula only managed a pantry 51 votes.
Earlier, Vice President George Kunda today in parliament also congratulated the UPND/PF Pact for the scooping the Solwezi Central parliamentary by-elections.
Mr. Kunda said he congratulated the Pact for fielding a right candidate. This was during the Vice President question time.
However, the Vice President condemned the recent violence that characterized the recent by-elections in the country.
He said government is concerned with the level of violence exhibited during recent by-elections but he implored the law enforcement officers to sternly deal the culprits.
This was after Luena MP Charles Milupi who asked the Vice President what government was doing to curb violence during elections.
Mr. Kunda said political parties who encourage their cadres to be violent should be ready to face the wrath of the law enforcement agencies saying violence in any election should not be entertained and called on political parties to encourage their members to exercise peaceful campaigns.
The Vice President said it is the duty of political parties to encourage their members to be peaceful during election noting that the country has enjoyed peace since independence in 1964.