Wednesday, June 19, 2024

UPND wins both Kwacha and Kabushi Seats on the Copperbelt

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The United Party for National Development(UPND) has won two seats in an election where their main competitor, the Patriotic Front (PF) candidates wereexcluded from contesting.

In Kwacha, UPND candidate Charles Mulenga polled 6 596 votes against an independent candidate who polled 1, 258 votes.

And in Kabushi, UPND candidate Bernard Kenengo polled 6 533 votes against an independent rival candidate who polled 4, 607.

Voting in the Kabushi constituency started on a slow pace with many of the polling stations recording below 30 percent turn- out by midday. A check at Lubuto’s Samfya 1 poling revealed that out of the 921 registered voters only 100 had cast their votes by 10 hours while 74 out of 930 had cast their votes at Samfya 4.

Other polling stations visited the slow turnout of voters and from the time the polls opended at 06 hours to 10:48 hours at Lyuni primary school, 200 voters had cast their votes out of 626 registered.

In Skyways ward, at Chambishi one stream, 125 people had voted out of 540 registered while at Skyways YMCA which has 626, 100 people had cast their votes.

And Ndola District Electoral Officer, Sheila Songolo says queues are slowly building up and that numbers would grow as the day unfolds.

Ms Songolo said voting was slow in the morning but by mid day, more people started trooping to the polling stations to cast their votes.

She has described the process as smooth in all polling stations around the constituency except for once incidence at one polling station where a voter tried to capture his ballot.

The District Electoral Officer however said staff at th3 polling station were alert and quickly curtailed the incidence.

Ms. Songolo has further urged voters who have not cast their votes to do so before closure of polling stations at 18:00 hours.

“The voter turnout so far is slowly building up as we ar3 seeing a number of people going to polling stations to vote. We are encouraging voters to visit the polling stations to exercise their right before 18,” she said.

Kabushi constituency has over 49 thousand registered voters among whom some have expressed happiness that they are now choosing a leader that will represent them in the national assembly.

Kambula Foloko, said he is happy that the constituency will now have an MP after going for many months without a representative at Parliamentary level.

40 COMMENTS

  1. The people have spoken! Not turning up to vote is not a protest. If UPND was to be punished, there where other candidates whom the registered voters would have cast the vote for to denie UPND the vote. Let’s now move on & accept the duly elected UPND MPs. PF if you cannot stomach this just imagine how we felt when the courts bulldozed UPND’s election appeal by endorsing Lungu without proper hearing? That was shumbles, this by-election is bliss! Life always has an equalizer!

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    • You are Phool without logic….. here we are talking law and order and you are comparing your nonsense to Lungu’s nonsense.

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  2. Indeed ……….

    The electorate is content and happy with UPND, hence many font see a need to vote , if that was not the case…………

    There would have been a protest vote for none UPND candidates…………

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    • Do you want a riot? Zambia has been peaceful all along and here you are inciting a protest from lawabiding people. Ati There would have been a protest

  3. UPND now owns Zambia, let them deliver now real GDP.The floor is officially now theirs, no excuses next year pls, you now have the numbers -just deliver.

  4. After Kabushi, personally i think there is no where else you guys cant win. aba boonse nibangwele , this is the last nail in the coffin. Kabushi literally belonged to Bowman Lusambo alone, he instilled fear and completely had terrorized Kabushi all these years,, the people there didnt know any electorate other than Him, as they would get beaten if they didnt vote for him. The people here were living in fear and very marginalised as if were in a war torn country. Now they are free and they are testing democracy and will learn how to speak. but one thing is that whoever wins kabushi that person will be there for many many years to come as Kabushi is always very very loyal to their candidate. So its now completely game over. UPND pls dont let any part of Zambia down guide to to real equality…

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  5. No wonder HH had to go their to campaign himself, he knew and it is true that this was the most impossible constituency to win for any party. No other PF member had sealed all holes to his constituency as Lusambo. This where his name Bulldozer was mostly felt and not that Kadyonko we used to see of him in Lusaka. People really feared this man in there. And his gang sniffed information and controlled the entire place. Their were no loopholes whatsoever. There was pure dictatorship here and people blindly obeyed. So even me cant believe that this is all over!!!!!!!!!! like is it true, na let me check other news media as aswell. Mulungu aliko kumwamba zoona.

  6. We are back in Kaunda days and praise singers have no shame.Believe it or not the worst is coming for your Messiah.Zambia is bigger than HH

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  7. Am not going back to my beloved country. Democracy destroyed by excluding main opposition party from elections. There is no opposition anymore to make checks – dictatorship.

  8. It is a no confidence vote…….out of fifty thousand voters only 10,000 voted of which only 6,000 voted for Hakainde……it is shame

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    • I know you are saddened for your CB crooked mates Bonanza and Bowman…please explain to us the grounds for petitioning.

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    • Tarino Orange…..These are my friends. I belong to a nonpolitical organization and when I criticize HH and your Upnd I do it from the point Justice and rule of law and order. Your president has grossly breached the law and don’t be surprised if his arrested soon after leaving office.

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    • You explain to me clearly where the constitution has breached …if he is my President then he is yours as well unless you’re from DRC.

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    • You are dreaming…. PF did a “trick” knock out of 14days. NOW PF they are haunted by their trick, it’s back in a form of 90 days.

    • Deja Vu – I am politely waiting for your explaination ..please tell us who dont understand where the constitution has been breached…even you as a citizen of CB can petition dont wait for your friend Peter Sinkamba to do it. I will wire you 10% of the legal fees.

  9. Why is it that anything I post against UPND is blocked by Lusaka Times? But any other posting I see them coming through? I am out of here. No fruitful debate.

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  10. In future a vote should only valid if the votes cast are not less than 50% of registered voters. This mockery to say the least

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    • Laws like that backfire on you especially when the turnout is low due natural causes like weather, pandemic etc.
      Just tell your mates to try again next time …I am just happy those arrogant morons are not back in Parliament using to hide in.

    • Deja Vu – Let’s not resort to insults my brother ..Southern Africans who speak fluent English dont clean toilets anymore.

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  11. All I see here is shambles nothing to be proud of Kabushi has almost 50,000 voters and only on fifth voted, you factored in the court cases, the waste of taxpayers money…very disappointing. As for PF I warned them not to adopt Bonanza and theboy Bowman…the only people winning are lawyers …christmas has come early for them.

  12. Same all, same all. We are still crawling towards democracy folks. These guys were the supposed paragons of progress — alas, it is all politics as usual.

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  13. All by elections have low voter turnout from time immemorial. If not, tell me any parliamentary by elections which had high turnout. So, voter turnout was as expected. Nothing new. Happy Independence weekend Zambia. We celebrate

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  14. This is embarrassing for upnd. Ati we voted for change. Things are worse under upnd because atleast under us we had fair elections where people were freely able to contest and in many cases upnd even won by elections under our rule. Now you will know what an autocracy feels like. You f00lish Zambians

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  15. The PF inclined voters in Kabushi and Kwacha were used to cash hand outs and the so called empowerment during campaigns.
    Those days are gone. Hence, the low voter turnout.
    Accept the new reality.

  16. Agreed.This was a sham of an election. Like going in the boxing ring and tying your opponents hands behind his back but at the same time those two crooks bowman and bonanza didn’t deserve to be MPs.

  17. Question is who says only Bonanza and Bull Dozer can represent PF. If they saw that UPND was pulling a quick one quickly file in another candidate. Maintain the seat. Let Bonanza and Bull Dozer support the candidates like Kambwili did in Luanshya. But as usual PF greed and lack of tactics will make you loose. Elo you are busy rebranding be truthfull to urselves its such arogance that makes you loose. have a listerning ear read the mood.

  18. tHESE *****S DONT LEARN FROM PRECEDENT, KK boycotted elections with his UNIP and the outcome was devastating – oblivion. This is what PF is headed for. And looking at the margins of the UPND win, PF was in with a chance to scoop at least one seat.

  19. It is the law, PF and MMD created it, and UPND followed it. Zambia is maturing politically, and this sort of punishing bite-back is what will keep UPND and future governing political parties from enacting pernicious laws that in the end can come to back to haunt them.

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