Defebce Minister Edgar Lungu has been declared new president of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) after going unopposed at the party general conference. Mr Lungu who is also Justice Minister was declared winner at 17:30 after other eight candidates could not show up or present the required 200 supporters when their names were called by returning officer Tutwa Ngulube.
The returning officer had hardly finished announcing the outcome when jubilating supporters of Mr Lungu broke into song while the new party president was whisked away in a waiting vehicle.
Earlier, there was confusion at the the main arena after Chongwe MP Sylvia Masebo, the party’s chairperson for elections stormed the conference with with heavy security and attempted to disrupt the proceedings.
Ms Masebo proceeded to the microphone to announce that election process which was going on was null and void but only ended up irritating the gathering that descended on her.
Some government vehicles have been damaged as security whisked her away to safety with 3 shots fired by her protection unit.
When Ms Masebo was whisked away by the police, peace returned and the process went on resulting in the declaration of Mr Lungu unopposed for the presidency.