By KAPALA CHISUNKA
PRESIDENT Sata has thanked the people of Zambezi West, Vubwi and Mkushi South for resoundingly voting for the Patriotic Front (PF) and its candidates.
President Sata said the defeat of MMD and UPND in the three parliamentary by-elections reinforces the PF governmentâ€™s commitment to distributing development in all parts of the country.
â€œThe people have made a clear choice against politics of hate and ill-will and have resolutely decided to vote for development and unity. They have also freely shown that they are willing to side with a progressive movement that is committed to delivering inclusive growth,â€ he said.
The President said this in a statement released yesterday by special assistant to the President for press and public relations George Chellah.
President Sata said the people in the three constituencies have, with certainty, rejected opportunism and meaningless political rhetoric in preference for national development and unity.
The head of State has also praised supporters from all political parties that participated in the by-elections countrywide for exhibiting impressive levels of restraint, humility and maturity.
President Sata said Government remains committed to engaging progressive forces within the opposition in its quest to implement pro-poor measures that will culminate into speedy economic expansion, job creation and poverty reduction.
He also congratulated the MMD and UPND for winning the Kasenengwa and Solwezi Central parliamentary by-elections, respectively.
Margaret Miti grabbed the Vubwi seat; Christabel Njimbu took Zambezi West while the Mkushi South seat went to Davis Chisopa.
MMDâ€™s Victoria Kalima was victorious in Kasenengwa and UPND won the Solwezi Central seat through Dawson Kafwaya.
PFâ€™s by-election victories in Mkushi South, Vubwi, and Zambezi West bring to 74 the number of seats the party now has in the 158-seat parliament.
Meanwhile, CHAMBO NGâ€™UNI reports that President Sata has set a high bar for good leadership in Zambia and development, PF member of central committee John Chisanga, has said.
He said the country is experiencing massive development in terms of construction of roads, electrification of rural areas and creating jobs.
â€œThose who thought that he couldnâ€™t be the best President are now disappointed,â€ Mr Chisanga.
He was speaking in Luano after Mr Chisopa was declared winner in the Mkushi South by- election.
Mr Chisanga said, â€œI see PF being in office for many years because of infrastructure development taking place everywhere.â€
He said Luano district is one of the regions in Zambia benefitting from the decentralisation programmes the PF government is implementing.
Mr Chisanga said PF has established new districts to foster development and ensure that it delivers.
He said the winning of the Mkushi South seat is an indication that people in Central Province are happy with President Sata and the PF government.
PF campaign manager in the by-election Philip Kosamu said Mr Chisopaâ€™s victory was evidence that people of Mkushi South have resolved to work with the PF government.
â€œWe hope we are going to deliver to the expectations of Zambians and the people of Luano,â€ he said.
He said PF is happy with the peace that prevailed in the constituency during campaigns and on polling day.
By KAPALA CHISUNKA