Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi has won his Luena Constituency seat contested by five other candidates yesterday.
Returning Office for Luena by elections , Chrispin Kalihonga declared Mr. Milupi as a duly elected member of parliament for Luena Constituency at 10:30hrs this morning.
Mr. Milupi scored 3, 688 against ruling MMD’s Mwangala Maopu who scored 2,800 votes while UPND’s Muyunda Ililonga came in the third with 1,806.
UNIP’s Mutakela Mutakela was fourth with 115 votes while Musole Sikatala from ULP scored 116 votes.
The total number of voters in the Luena by election stood at 8, 630 and the rejected ballot papers where 115.
And Charles Milupi who was present when results where been announced thanked the people of Luena for giving him votes and also voting in a peaceful manner.
Mr. Milupi said his party will concentrate in mobilizing itself throughout the country adding that it will field candidates in both parliamentary and ward seats in next year’s general elections.
Meanwhile, the ruling MMD has retained both the Mpima Ward in Kabwe and Mailo Ward in Serenje respectively, after beating the UPND/PF pact candidates in by-elections held yesterday.
In Mpima Ward, the MMD candidate Christine Mutale Chilufya got 304 votes, beating the UPND/PF candidate Dorcas Munansangu Miyanda, who got 299 votes out of a total of 3, 723 votes cast.
The Returning Officer, Andrew Bwali who announced the results at the Kabwe Civic Centre last evening, declared Mrs. Chilufya as the duly elected councillor for Mpima Ward. 10 votes were rejected.
And speaking later, MMD national Youth chairperson, Patrick Musonda, commended Mrs. Chilufya and all the MMD party officials and caders who campaigned vigorously for the winner, adding that the going was not easy, as the opposition campaigned viciously.
Mr. Musonda said it was disappointing that the MMD appeared like orphans as they campaigned on foot, adding that, the fact that the people of Mpima still voted for the ruling party was an indication enough that Zambians still wanted the MMD to continue ruling the country.
He said it was going to be a shameful thing if the ruling party lost, especially that the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema, campaigned for Mrs. Miyanda.
Mr. Musonda urged the MMD party to ensure that campaign logistics were available next time there would an election, and that the party should reorganize itself, having members who should be sincere and truthful to one another.
“MMD is still the only party that is democratic and the only party the people want to continue ruling this country. Mrs. Chilufya you have brought pride to the party and therefore we congratulate you for your victory,’ He said.
Earlier, Central Province MMD Chairperson Boyd Mutonka said the victory was just one of the many more coming and urged all the party members not to start organizing themselves only when there was another election, but be well organized at all times.
In Serenje District, the Returning Officer Milton Sakala, declared the MMD candidate Douglas Mukosha as the winner, beating the PF candidate Morison Mwape Mukando.
Mr. Sakala announced that the MMD’s Mukosha got 401 votes, against Mukando’s 378, out of the 788 votes cast.
Mailo Ward had 1, 995 registered voters.