President Michael Sata’s son Mulenga is the new Lusaka Mayor after he went through unopposed during mayoral elections held at the Civic Centre in Lusaka today.
Mr Sata who is the immediate past deputy Lusaka Mayor will be deputised by Chawama Ward councilor Potipher Tembo who got 17 votes, beating Silwizya Ward Councillor Chikutano Nkhoma who polled 12 votes with Mpulungu Ward Councillor Christopher Shakafuswa getting 10.
Returning officer Moses Mwelwa declared Mr Sata as the duly elected Mayor at 14:45 hours, saying at the close of nominations at 13:00 hours today, he had only one valid nomination which was from the President’s son.
Among the 39 Councillors that voted was Republican Vice-President Guy Scott.
In his acceptance speech after being declared winner, Mr Sata who is also PF Lusaka District chairperson said his emphasis was on service delivery and the improvement of revenue collection.
He commended the aspirants for the position of deputy Mayor for the maturity they showed in their campaigns as well as others for the support and faith they had shown in him.
Mr Tembo pledged to promote reconciliation, peace and love and that the transparent manner the elections were conducted vindicated the PF as being a democratic party.
In Livingstone, the United Party for National Development (UPND) Simoonga Ward Councillor Milford Maambo has been elected as new Mayor.
Mr Maambo polled nines votes against Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD)’s Mwalibonena Ward Councillor Matthew Jere who got eight votes out of the total 17 votes that were cast.
Patriotic Front (PF) Akapelwa Ward Councillor Fred Sikazwe has been elected as Deputy Mayor after he polled 10 votes against UPND’s Dambwa Central Councillor Liswani Likando who got seven votes.
Returning Officer Vivian Chikoti declared Mr Maambo and Mr Sikazwe as duly elected Mayor and Deputy Mayor for the City of Livingstone today.
Ms Chikoti said the two civic leaders would be installed on April 10 this year.
In Chipata, MMD Kanjala ward councillor Jelasi Phiri is the new Chipata Mayor.
Mr Phiri polled 15 votes against his only challenger Chipangali ward councillor, Wilson Tembo who only managed 13 votes.
The position of deputy mayor went to Kazimule ward councillor Penias Mshanga who polled 14 votes beating his closest rival Sisinje ward councillor Samuel Lugomo and Nsingo ward councillor Rodgers Mwanza who got nine and five votes respectively.