Former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa’s quest to become the Mayor of the city of Lusaka has ended in defeat at the hands of Patriotic Front(PF) candiate Wilson Kalumba.
PF’s Wilson Kalumba has been declared Mayor of Lusaka after he polled 270 161 votes in the August 11, general election.
The former first lady standing on the United Party for National Development (UPND) came second with 150 807 votes.
Lusaka Returning officer Alex Mwansa declared Mr Kalumba as Lusaka Mayor at around 09;00 hours.
And Mr Kalumba has pledged to ensure smooth operations at the local authority. He said he will not relent in developing Lusaka and the local authority.
Going into this election, the former first lady was confident of victory for both her candidancy and her party UPND when he spoke to tyhe Post newspaper last week.
“You don’t need a magician or a prophet to tell you that PF has lost this election; all odds are against PF and come Thursday, PF will be history,” Maureen said.
“And the other thing PF should know is that no Zambian will stand in a polling booth on an empty stomach and cast a vote for them, unless something is wrong. People don’t have food in their homes; life has become extremely expensive and you expect them to come and vote for you on an empty stomach after you created that hunger for them? It doesn’t work like that.”
The former First Lady urged voters to give her chance to transform Lusaka city by voting for her in the mayoral elections.
“Everywhere you look around in Lusaka, there is garbage and this should change starting this week when we form government. There is no way our beautiful city can be floating on garbage,” Maureen said.
“The levels of indiscriminate disposal of garbage in Lusaka city are alarming. When you are on the streets of Lusaka, you look west you see garbage, you look east you see garbage, you look north, it’s garbage, you look south it’s garbage. This is unacceptable. Would you like it if your house was filled with garbage and there is bad odour all around? The answer is no. We need to maintain our hygiene and stay healthy and fit. It is our duty to keep our city clean not only for us, but also for the people visiting our city and also for the future generations.”
She promised to come up with an efficient garbage collection system that would make the city clean.
“When you vote us into office for mayor, we shall ensure that uncollected garbage and indiscriminate disposal of waste becomes a thing of the past. We will ensure that Lusaka has an efficient garbage collection system and we shall bring to book anyone found throwing garbage indiscriminately. We shall also carry out a sensitisation programme on the dangers of indiscriminate disposal of garbage. We want to see a Lusaka where households will throw garbage in dustbins and not on the road,” said Maureen.
“Lusaka city is dirty and it is dirty everywhere. I know many of us are yearning to live in a clean city, free of uncollected garbage and indiscriminate disposal of waste. So let us work together and to achieve this, on August 11, vote us into the office for mayor, we promise you to clean the city of Lusaka.”