The Patriotic Front says it will be going back to Roan Constituency to thank the people after yesterday’s parliamentary by election won by the National Democratic Congress.
Party Secretary General Davies Mwila said deapite the result not going their way, they still receive it with thanks.
Mr. Mwila who congratulated the NDC and UPND for their joint victory in Roan Constituency by way of a protest vote that has been handed to the Patriotic Front said the party shall re-group, re-strategize and re-launch itself in Roan.
He told a media briefing that the party will carry out a postmortem of this painful setback and we will ensure that it regain its footprint in the Constituency.
“Most importantly, we know the issues that led to this protest vote, we will go back and listen to ensure they are attended to. We will take time to listen to our people including those who have been continuously fed on deceit”, he added.
“The people have spoken otherwise in the case of Roan Constituency. This is what democracy is all about; the people have a right to make their choice and we respect that”, Mr. Mwila said.
Meanwhile Mr. Mwila said the PF is highly thrilled by its impressive performance in the 9 by elections that were conducted country-wide.
Out of the 9 by-elections conducted country-wide, Patriotic Front won 6, FDD won 1, NDC got 1, And UPND also only managed to salvage 1 which Mr. Mwila said shows that the PF development agenda spearheaded by President Edgar Lungu continues to blow an unstoppable wind of change across former opposition strongholds.
He said the PF popularity is still trending upwards across the nation
“We are deeply humbled by this development and we thank the people in areas that were previously considered UPND strongholds for accepting the PF Development agenda”, he said.
The Opposition National Democratic Congress grabbed the Roan Parliamentary Seat from the Patriotic Front beating them by 3, 132 votes.
Fresh from Celebrating the victory in the Kafue Council Chairperson by election, the PF through its Candidate Joel Chibuye only managed 5, 533 votes losing to NDC’s Joseph Chishala who polled 8, 665.
People’s Alliance for Change candidate Chama Mwansa only managed 210 votes in third position while UPPZ Candidate Morgan Banda came out fourth with 143 Votes.
A total of 14, 701 votes were cast with 150 ballots rejected.
Roan Constituency returning Officer Emmanuel Makulila declared Mr. Chishala the duly elected Member of Parliament in the early hours of today.
Meanwhile, the Patriotic Front Candidate Charles Chalwe scooped the Bahati Parliamentary by election also held yesterday.
Mr. Chibuye polled 11, 481 votes against his closest rival UPNDs Justine Bwalya who polled 2, 381 votes.
UPPZ Candidate Clement Mwila was third with 1, 337 votes followed by FDDs Emmanuel Chanshi with 205 votes while People’s Alliance for Change candidate Isaac Lukwesa was last with 176.