Patriotic Front (PF) Chikankata Parliamentary aspirant Kavwumbu Hakachima attributes her loss to a lie disseminated by the United Party for National Development (UPND) to the electorate a day before polls that she had been arrested with possession of pre-marked ballot papers, reports Pan African Radio Journalist Hermit Hachilonde.
In a statement, Ms. Hakachima said a day before elections she was in Mazabuka till 18:30 hours and received a UPND fake message to all wards that the PF candidate was in police custody after being found with pre-marked ballot papers.
Ms. Hakachima, formerly Chikankata District Commissioner said many of her supporters did not vote because they were in a panic mood, with many demanding to see her physically in police cells.
She noted that the electorates were confused as they were told that she was just released on police bond.
Ms. Hakachima has however stated that there is a reason why it happened like that and such she will not petition the liars, opting to be vindicated by political posterity.
“Let me comment about chikankata friends. Firstly let me say sorry we lost it. A day before elections I went to Mazabuka up to 18.30 hours. Then UPND sent message to all wards that candidate Kavwumbu had been arrested after being found with papers already marked”
“When I came back I found news that I was in custody. We couldn’t get help from chikankata radio to tell people that this was propaganda. At 05hrs my supporters panicked asking why i got arrested and I said am not in custody”
“So people started demanding to see me physically to prove I was not in cells. Then I quickly started going to polling stations to show myself. When I got there, again I found a mob of UPND who chased me from polling stations claiming I was a thief who had stolen votes”
“Thus how we lost on 11th August, 2016. People could not vote for me and I could not manage to go to all polling stations to vindicate myself. Finally allow me to say…friends there is a reason why it happened this way…am still in a shock how I got treated as a criminal by UPND” she said