Lusaka Mayor Councilor Mulenga Sata has scooped the position of president of the Local Government Association of Zambia (LGAZ) in a tightly contested elections held in Solwezi today.
Councilor Sata was challenged to the top position in the Local Government Association by UPND and former Mayor for Livingstone City Council Councillor Aggrey Njekwa.
Councillor Sata got 47 votes while Councillor Njenkwa accrued 36 votes.
Ndola Mayor Samuel Munthali despite withdrawing his candidature in the race polled seven votes.
Meanwhile, Mr Sata has called for sustainable development in local authority’s country wide through the generation of revenue from the available economic activities present in the area of operation.
“Those in Chipata can collect bicycle levy, those in Mazabuka can collect sugar cane levy and those in Chongwe, if you want, you can collect plane levy from the upcoming airport,” he said. He said there was need for local Government to stop competing but be seen as partners in the administration of this country.
Former association president, Daniel Chisenga congratulated the new executive of the association and said that there was need to promote sustainable development in local authorities.
Mr Chisenge called on Mr Sata and his members to continue the advocacy on improved condition of service for councillors.
LGAZ chairperson John Kabungo urged the new executive to accommodate all those that had lost the election and promote gender equality.
“There are so much gender imbalances in the LGAZ and we are worried about it. I am urging all of you councilors to encourage female members to take interesting in mayoral ship so that they can come here and be part of us,” he said.
Others elected were Zakiel Mbao as honoury treasurer for the association. Francis Bwalya, Bellard Makwemba, Jailosi Phiri and Peter Kikatula went through unopposed as chapter vice Presidents for Northern, Southern, Eastern and North-Western Provinces.
Maybin Kalambwe for Central and Moses Chongo for Luapula Province also went through unopposed while Jordan Mwansa was elected vice President for Copperbelt after beating two other contenders and Bright Tombi Tombi is the vice President for Western Province.
Gibson Sinkala was elected as chapter vice President for Lusaka Province while Chaswe Ronald Katongo was elected vice President for Muchinga Province.