Opinion

Congratulations PF and UPND!

The February 12 by-elections are finally behind us!

The UPND has retained the Sesheke parliamentary seat while the ruling PF has scooped all seven of the local government by-elections and has made steady progress in penetrating areas perceived to be UPND or opposition strongholds.

Yesterday, February 12, the people voted for their representatives in seven local government by-elections and a parliamentary by-election in different parts of the country necessitated either by death or resignations of previous representatives elected in the 2016 general polls.

The Sesheke seat which fell vacant after the death of their representative Frank Kufakwandi. From Tuesday’s by-election,  UPND’s candidate Romeo Kang’ombe got 8,496 while PF’s Dean Masule polled 3,640 votes.

In the 2016 parliamentary election, PF’s candidate Namawa Sililo polled 2,940 against UPND’s Frank Kufakwandi who got 13,069. But in yesterday’s election, what we saw was a huge drop in the voter turnout as the total number of votes cast dropped tremendously to 11,419, which is almost 2,000 less the votes obtained by the last winning candidate.

This tells a story about the voter apathy seen from yesterday’s by-election in Sesheke. Could this poor turnout be a result of the pre-election violence seen between the two major political parties – PF and UPND? Or is it just general lack of desire for elections by the voters in most parts of the country?

Prior to this election, a wave of violence swept through Sesheke. Both the UPND and the PF have engaged in a blame game over who should be held responsible for the violence that left some people injured. We also saw some PF cadres beaten up by the police after a fracas at Sesheke Police Station with their opposition colleagues.

On the other hand, the PF has scooped all seven local government by-elections held in Chindwale in Katete, Mkomba in Lundazi, Nkombwa in Isoka, Sewe Mungole in Chavuma where the seat was previously held by the UPND, Anoya Zulu in Chililabombwe, Chinkutila in Chifunabuli and Munyama in Kabwe.

What is interesting about these results is the progress the ruling party is making in areas once considered opposition strongholds. For instance, in Chavuma, the positive outcome for the ruling PF is an indicator of what could await them in 2021 should they maintain their campaign drive. Only a few months ago, the PF grabbed the Mangango seat which was for many years held by the UPND. Was this by hook or crook? I don’t think it was. What we must not forget is that the PF always has a strong campaign strategy and never leaves anything to chance when it comes to elections. This kind of approach to elections is applied in both parliamentary and local government by-elections. While others may take it as “just any other issue”, for them, elections are a good indicator of what Zambians think about their governance and hence they dedicate a lot of time to do or say what they believe they can do to make life better for the electorates. And this is exactly what they did in Sesheke and the seven wards where they have won.

Despite them losing the Sesheke seat, the PF has gained tremendously considering the number of votes the candidate has received from this particular by-election. While the total number of votes cast and those received by the winning candidate have reduced, the PF has made a gain from the last election. This, in my view, is a win on its own. A win in the sense that the PF is able to grow the number of votes from areas where previous elections left them on the floor.

What are the lessons for the UPND and other opposition parties?

Times are changing. What every political party is in is a competition to serve the Zambians. No serious political party would relax on this fact and only count on the illusion of already having votes in an area considered a stronghold. Work still has to be done to maintain the support. The electorates want to see growth in any political party. Where there is stagnation, nobody would waste their vote on such a political party.

Just like any other field, constant reflections on what is working and what is not working are needed for our political parties to grow and get the confidence of the Zambians. Are your messages resonating with the needs of the electorates?

38 Comments

  1. Peggy

    Thats Great Upnd Pf Are Looses Pakalitente Go Go Forward

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  2. Jay

    Well said..
    Also, the PF should stop the tendency of denying development to the areas that will opposition representatives. It’s not possible for the opposition member of parliament to take full development to his/her people without government support. The tendency of only taking development to the areas where they won elections has the potential to kill the opposition

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  3. Entrick

    Well gone ba UPND for turning back the sesheke parliamentary seat. It would made you wick

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    • mulo1

      Bizy celebrating the sesheke victory 4getin that yo frnds HV grabbed u a seat in n/western,and u think its a joke.watch the game carefully

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  4. John Likando

    Lol…. upnd scooped only one while pf 7 hahahahahaha upnd suckers where r u.

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  5. Hammer

    This article has given me the info to my question: Is PF gaining ground yes or no? And I answer: the evidence is clear to see PF is gaining ground . By the time 2021 comes these numbers would have swollen.
    Viva ECL

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  6. Jere Zindaba Masiye

    VIVA ECL & PF…..we are with you come 2021

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  7. JIM

    me how never vote pf again chishimba go. 2021 i will get u my vote better.

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  8. One zed manex

    I think the PF is going the right way, winning in chavuma it’s not a joke,it’s high time we just accept that the upnd is slowly dying in it’s strong holds and come 2021 it will be an else election for the PF, I think people of North Western have raised that UPND is just waisting there time,by not allowing there MP’s to work with the government of the day.

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    • Kahilu Zuze

      You can say it’s dying but according to us upnd, we still strong, the PF are using government resources trying to buy people but still nothing is working. We are getting stronger and stronger. Come 2021 someone will cry like mr L B BANDA.

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      • Doubt Katwishi

        @ Zuze, if you think pf are winning because of vote buying, what will stop them from buying voters in 2021?Are you assuring us that pf will still take the day come 2021?

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  9. Leon

    Pf don’t cheat people that developmental money is from you pocket sindalama za nyoko no za Bantu Ba my Zambia

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  10. joackimspangananizulu@gmail.com

    Trending. 2000 don’t know what to do. switch camp or remain, 500+ switch to of.

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  11. Mr Peace

    Voter apathy may not seem so serious to the Zambian politicians right now since the few that vote give them a winner and a looser.Its ver y unfortunate that this paste is quietly covering the flowers of democracy.The problem is parenting the factors to the same.Voter apathy is caused by so many reasons in our Zambian politics.CADREISM,power hungry,Poor manifestos,abandoning of electrolates after elections,electral violence and many more.This really makes a normal person feel that voting is no longer exercising your right but practising foolishness.Years to come we shall experience a situation where candidates will vote for themselves coz it’s now clear no one will stop our cry not now since 1964.How many governments and presidents have we voted for but still we are crying where can we get the hope that these changes can make a difference.Better go drink tugiligili than waste my precious time voting for these idiots…

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    • Kahilu Zuze

      True. Especially were these fighting and police brutality, its better I stay home than going to were u may end up being beaten.

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  12. Indoshi Palupe

    Parliamentary is a big seat, congrats upnd but f**k the local government seats…

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    • Kahilu Zuze

      True. Especially were these fighting and police brutality, its better I stay home than going to were u may end up being beaten.

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  13. Ak

    Yaba even bees voted for UPND in sesheke and lightening contributed also.

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  14. MR SPERM

    DANCE YA MA BOSSELE

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  15. Concerned citizen

    UPND has not won anything they have just retained the sesheke sit.But pf has won by grabbing the chavuma sit.

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  16. ba bob

    Viva bo pf,jobo well done we are on the ground we dont use madic to wit like our coregue did any ni ba ma sonic what more can say,

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  17. Razor

    The upnd has retained seats in their area and the PF have retained their area. Nothing new here.

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  18. Chihinga

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  19. The great.

    There is something new because pf has grabbed the sit from UPND in chavuma

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  20. Phiri

    UPND you are really desperate to be in government how do you send bees to attack pf and besides even sending lightening.just sale your manifestos and not witchcraft.

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  21. Barotseland

    Western Province is for UPND bcos there’s no development what so ever in this Province for sure how can you up gtade a village to be a district with no proper roads thus the Limulunga la Mulena to Kate district .Shame on u Pf.

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  22. Makai

    So shamelessly…… PF is doing nothing from Western province.no vote 2021.

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  23. Makai

    So shameless.. PF is doing nothing from Western province.no vote 2021.

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  24. Negotiator

    Similarly, upnd would do nothing in western province if it were in government.PF has even tried because we can see massive development across the country including in areas where they were less supported in the 2016 general elections. The matter of fact is that UPND is a regional political party.

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  25. Brighton js Sikumba

    It seems most zambians have started to loss faith on the conduct of elections and elections themselves.This is evident with the number of people turned up for voting,#concerned

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  26. Dizzy

    Forget your difference and work on your weakness Mr lungu take development in your weak places

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  27. Sosa

    Sometimes we portray false image and think we are popular.General election is different from bye election.Cadres move in ministers go buying voters.GE is one to one and violence reduces

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  28. Eastern Power

    The biased writer of this article deliberately chose ignore the gains the UPND has made in Chililabombwe,Lundazi, isoka and Kabwe this crooked observation does not hold any substance. Has the writer in question already forgotten that PF lost a local govt bye election I’m petauke?

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  29. Rude Boy

    Congrats PF, your hard work and constant movement is paying off, despite opposition always trying to bring you down even when progress is Visible. #AlwaysPF

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  30. Saint

    No Vote Ba Pf Come 2021,

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  31. Apathy

    They won thru crooked not by hook, if de President can tolerate a clear thief in his cabinet what good can someone expect from these guyz.

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  32. Liam Elias

    Well said

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  33. Madiba

    The written also deliberately for got to say UPND has also made tremendous improvement in areas perceived to be PF, when you look at the figures you will see that the UPND has gained a lot of votes in wards said to be in PF strong holds.

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