United Party for National Development (UPND) has thanked the people of Livingstone Constituency for voting for Reverend Howard Sikwela as their area Member of Parliament.
In a press statement to ZANIS in Livingstone yesterday , UPND Livingstone District Information and Publicity Secretary, Neto Halwabala said his party appreciates the support its candidate received from the people including the Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD), United Liberal Party (ULP) and other interest groups.
He said by voting for Reverend Sikwele, the people of Livingstone had proved that they are principled.
He alleged that despite maneuvers by the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) to buy votes from them using materials which they distributed, the people of Livingstone remained focused by voting for the UPND candidate.
Mr. Halwabala alleged that the ruling party distributed gifts in form of chickens, mealie meal, sugar and maize in an attempt to induce people of Livingstone Constituency to vote for their candidate Mr. Joseph Akafumba.
“The ruling party resorted to extreme violence in an attempt to scare people from turning up for voting but you people turned up in large numbers, 20,000 plus and voted for candidates of your choice,” said Mr. Halwabala.
He said now that the elections were over and Livingstone Constituency had a member of parliament, people must unite and work together in order to develop the tourist capital.
Mr. Halwabala stated that Patriotic Front (PF) members were free to meet the newly elected Member of Parliament and present their problems and to advise him on how best the constituency could be developed.
And commenting on the PF’s intention to petition the election results, Mr. Halwabala said UPND was eagerly waiting for the petition.