Solwezi seats all go to UPND

THE UPND has scooped all the three seats in Solwezi – at presidential, parliamentary, local government and mayoral elections.

In Solwezi Central, returning officer Evans Kamwana declared UPND candidate Stafford Mulusa as duly elected Member of Parliament at exactly 00:30 hours after he polled 35,205 votes while his closest rival Dawson Kafwaya of the Patriotic Front polled 10,540 while Monty Mwansa of Green party trailed behind with 407 out of the 46,777 total votes cast.

And in the presidential election, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema polled 36,139 while President Edgar Lungu polled 10,167 votes.

Others include FDD leader Edith Nawakwi who got 140 votes, Green party’s Peter Sinkamba who got 52 votes while UPP president Savior Chishimba managed 79 votes out of the 46,849 total votes cast.At mayoral position, UPND’s Nicolas Mukumbi was declared winner after he polled 35,497 votes while his closest rival Lt Gen Sande Kayumba managed 9,986 votes.

Others were Mark Kalemba of FDD who polled 697 votes while Jairos Lukomba trailed behind with 386 votes.

And returning officer for Solwezi West Godfrey Kaleji declared UPND’s Teddy Kasonso winner after he polled 20,419 votes with FDD’s Nathan Bukonke  getting 2,686 votes while PF’s Marjory Dauchi trailing behind with 2,483 votes.

In presidential, Mr Hichilema polled 23,336 beating President Lungu who managed to get 2,067 votes out of 26,597 total votes cast.

In Solwezi East, returning officer Deraida Daka declared Leaky Kintu of UPND  the winner with 6,638 votes while PF’s Richard Taima managed to get 2,514 votes while FDD’s Wilson Kafunga only managed 397 votes out of 9,922 total votes cast.

Solwezi district electoral officer Venture Kafula described the electoral process as peaceful