MMD wins Kafue bye-election

The MMD in Kafue has scooped the Chisankane ward seat in a by elections that was held in Shantumbu last Thursday.

The MMD candidate Ozzias Banda polled 365 votes followed by opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate Lloyd Mulowa, who got 76 votes while the UNIP candidate got 49 votes out of the 500 total votes cast.

Returning officer, Lawrence Nyambe, declared Mr. Banda as duly elected ward councilor for Chisankane ward around 22:00hrs at Shantumbu Basic School.

Speaking after the election, Mr. Banda, who is also a renowned Lusaka comedian, pledged to work with the area Member of Parliament (MP) Bradford Machila and other party officials to bring development to the area.

He said his ambitions were to ensure that Shantumbu becomes a centre of trading and that the infrastructure improves in the area.

Mr. Banda apologized on behalf of the MMD if the previous councilors did not do well according to the expectation of the electorates.

He said now that the time for elections is over, he will map out strategies on how to bring development to the area because he does not want to disappoint the residents.

He said as long as the MMD is in power, he will work hard even to retain the seat in 2011.

Mr. Banda thanked the people of Chisankane for the confidence they have in him.

He pledged to use his influence both inside the council chamber and outside to lobby donors to improve the road network in the area and also electrify both the school and the health post, which have had no electricity since independence.

And UPND candidate Lloyd Mulowa accepted defeat and pledged to work with the elected councilor, noting that the by-election was free and fair.

Mr. Mulowa said he would uphold the spirit of one Zambia one Nation.

He said he will not give up but continue working hard until he scoops the seat in the 2011 general election.

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