The Ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has successfully managed to grab a parliamentary seat in the United Party for National Development(UPND)’s stronghold in a by Election held yesterday.
According to the final results for the By Election in Mangango Constituency, Western Province, PF’s candidate Godwin Putu polled 5,618, while his closest rival, UPND’s Akakendelwa Mwendoi polled 3,987. the United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ)’s candidate beat Chingumba Kabindama polled 607 votes to beat Chishimba Kambwili’s National Democratic Congress candidate Yuvwenu Kashandola who got 122 votes.
This the second time that PF has beat UPND in a By-Election in this same constituency. In 2014, PF scoped the Mangango seat after its then candidate Rodgers Lingweshi polled 3,109 votes to beat Godwin Putu who stood on UPND ticket and got 2,375 votes. The UPND went on to take back the seat in the 2016 general elections.
The Mangango Parliamentary Constituency seat fell vacant following the death of the UPND Member of Parliament Naluwa Mwene.