MMD president Nevers Mumba has said that his party’s landslide victory in the Mkaika parliamentary by-election is a clear signal to the Patriotic Front that the people of Zambia are upset and want action and not mere talk.
Dr Mumba told QFM in an interview that if the PF had doubts following its losses in the Solwezi East,Chipata central and Kafulafuta by-elections, the loss in Mkaika should remove every doubt that Zambians are upset with them.
He said that the people of Mkaika have handed the MMD a landslide victory because they have realized that the PF cannot perform.
He added that the MMD victory should be a reminder to the PF to concentrate on delivering on the promises they made to the people and not creating by-elections.
Dr. Mumba says the Patriotic Front should go back to the drawing board and put their house in order before things get even worse for them.
He said that despite the MMD victory he believes by elections are unnecessary at this time.
The MMD president said that he hoped the losses suffered by the PF will make them realize that the induced by-elections to prove their popularity are not helping the Zambian people.
And United Party for National Development (UPND) deputy Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa has said that his party is happy with the victory of the MMD.
He said that the victory should send a strong message to the PF.
Mr Mweetwa has since congratulated the MMD on their victory in Mkaika, adding that the victory is a clear indication that the people of Zambia are fed up with the PF’s poor governance style and stagnant economy.
Meanwhile, MMD has said its victory in the just ended Mkaika constituency parliamentary by-elections was a lesson to other political parties in the country.
MMD Deputy National Secretary Chembe Nyangu said Mkaika constituency and Eastern province as a whole was its stronghold.
Mr. Nyangu said what has happened in Mkaika was evidence enough that the former ruling party stood a high chance of bouncing back into power in 2016 which he said was just around the corner.
“This is just a warning signal. MMD will no doubt bounce back to power come 2016. Zambian people have seen that it is only the former ruling party which is able to bring development for their benefit,” he said.
He said MMD was a peaceful party which does not subscribe to violence adding that even during its heated campaigns, the party conducted issue based strategic campaigns.
And deputy Minister of Home Affairs Stephen Kapyongo, who was one of PF campaign team members in the area conceded defeat in the just ended Mkaika parliamentary by-elections in Eastern province.
Mr. Kapyongo said his party accepts the verdict of the people in Mkaika constituency.
Meanwhile, Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) Executive Director Macdonald Chipenzi said the outcome shows the will of the people in Mkaika.
Mr. Chipenzi said the result was good for a democratic country such as Zambia where people were free to exercise their right to vote for their preferred candidates.
“The people of Mkaika have spoken. This is good in democracy in a young nation like Zambia,” Mr. Chipenzi said.
He said his organization will be looking forward for peaceful campaigns in the future Petauke Central, Mulobezi and Malambo parliamentary by-elections slated for September 26, 2013.
And Ant-Voter Apathy Programme Director Richwell Mulwani said it was good that the people of Mkaika have again ushered into National Assembly a Member of Parliament of their choice.
Mr. Mulwani said his organization was impressed with the voter turnout during the Mkaika parliamentary by-election.
He urged electorates in the three in future by-elections in Malambo, Petauke Central and Mulobezi constituencies to emulate the people of Mkaika and vote in large numbers for their preferred candidates.
The opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) won the Mkaika constituency parliamentary seat in a by-election that was held yesterday with its candidate, Peter Phiri getting 9,054 votes against his closest rival, David Phiri of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) who trailed with 1,712, representing a difference of 7342 votes.
National Restoration Party (NAREP) candidate, Nigel Mpakateni came third with 161 votes while Nelson Mwale of the United National Independence Party (UNIP) brought the rear with 136 votes.
Mkaika constituency has 34,174 registered voters but only 11,305 voted yesterday with 242 votes being rejected.
The Mkaika parliamentary seat fell vacant after the then area MP, David Phiri resigned from the MMD to join the ruling PF on which he re-contested the seat.