By Mercy Chewe
Losing candidate in last Friday’s Kabushi Parliamentary by-election in Ndola Richard Kalasa said he will not petition the outcome of the polls.
And Mr. Kalasa has congratulated UPND’s Bernard Kanengo for winning the election.
Mr. Kanengo was declared winner of Friday’s controversial Kabushi Parliamentary by-election after getting 6,556 votes against his closest rival Mr. Kalasa’s 4,607 votes.
The business executive and former Ndola Deputy Mayor said he has accepted the outcome of the Kabushi Parliamentary by-election.
The former Kanini Ward Councilor and Patriotic Front (PF) official said normal life has continued because elections in Kabushi Constituency are over.
Mr. Kalasa thanked the people of Kabushi Constituency for supporting his candidature.
“The elections are now over. I am just thanking the people of Kabushi Constituency for casting their vote to support my candidature and I congratulate my colleague who won the elections Mr. Bernard Kanengo. I believe this is not the last time I think elections do come regularly. We are expecting another election that will come in 2026 in which I am expecting to participate. I have accepted the results,” he told Radio Icengelo News.
“I am not going to petition for the results. Being my first time to try and stand at parliamentary level I congratulate my colleague. I am saying next time I am going to win the election,” Mr. Kalasa said.
Leadership Movement’s Osias Telela collected 226 votes and another Independent candidate Alfred Joseph Yombwe amassed 81 votes.
Out of the 49,908 registered voters in Kabushi Constituency, only 11,646 voted in the by-election.