President Edgar Lungu has congratulated members of the Patriotic Front and the party’s candidate Anthony Kasandwe for the resounding victory in yesterday’s Bangweulu constituency parliamentary by-election in Samfya district of Luapula Province.
Mr. Lungu has expressed happiness for the hard work and team spirit that the PF exhibited during campaigns for the ruling party’s candidate who scooped the by-election with a landslide victory amassing more than 9 000 votes against a distant second opponent at about 1 300.
Mr. Lungu has since congratulated opposition Forum for Democracy and Development –FDD Leader Edith Nawakwi for her robust campaign that resulted in her candidate coming second displacing the opposition MMD into third position.
Meanwhile, President Edgar Lungu has appealed to Ms. Nawakwi to desist from foul language and reckless incitement that led to unruly supporters seizing a vehicle belonging to the ECZ on suspicion that it was carrying pre-marked ballots.
And President Lungu has also extended his congratulatory message to the opposition MMD for winning a local seat in Mambwe, the UPND for winning a seat in Kasama central’s Bululu ward and Rainbow party for winning a ward in Isoka.
The President has further appealed for peaceful campaigns in future elections as this will guarantee a free and fair election process in which the electorate will participate without fear.
He emphasized that the culture of violence is tantamount to retarding progress that the country has so far recorded and has sternly warned that all acts of violence will face the wrath of the law.
President Lungu has further directed the police to pursue all cases of violence and prosecute anyone linked with the vice.
The president has called for co-existence among political parties and noted that Zambia’s development economically, politically and socially will only be fostered in an environment of peace and tranquillity.
Mr. Lungu regrets that former Kasama Central MP Godfrey Mwamba has resorted to violence in order to intimidate electorates in his former constituency.
This is according to a statement made available to ZANIS in Lusaka this evening by Special Assistant to the President for Press and Public Relations , Amos Chanda.