UPND ditches Siavonga MP


 SIAVONGA UPND Member of Parliament, Kennedy Hamudulu was on Friday left shocked after all the 10 wards in his constituency voted against him for adoption in the August 11 polls during the hotly contested primary elections held at Kawila Primary School.

Mr Hamudulu, who came fourth, only managed to get nine votes out of the 200 ballots cast.

Kariba ward councillor, Darius Mulunda who won the primary election, got 110 votes with his closest rival, Given Kwapu getting 34 votes.

Mr Charles Habinda managed 25 votes while Zilindi Himoonga getting seven votes followed by former Local Government and Housing permanent secretary, Timothy Hakuyu who got six votes. Others who challenged Hamudulu for adoption were former UPND Siavonga district chairman, Jelly Kapalangwe who got three votes, Leonard Madabula who got two while Collins Simoonga only managed one vote.

The first three names on the list would be submitted to the constituency, district, provincial and finally to the National Management (NMC) Committee which would make a final decision on who would be on the opposition party ticket.

Hamudulu’s popularity, whose term as Member of Parliament comes to an end in May, appears to have gone down.

It is alleged that he has lost touch with the grassroots who have accused him of neglecting the constituency from the time he was elected as Member of Parliament.

The electorate also alleged that the Member of Parliament did not visit his constituency to appreciate the problems the people of Siavonga were facing.