Kambwili foresees voter apathy in Mangango

By Staff Reporter


NDC consultant Chishimba Kambwili says he expects high voter apathy in the upcoming Mangango parliamentary by-election.

The by-election, scheduled for November 20, came about after the death of incumbent opposition UPND member of parliament Naluwa Mweene in a road traffic accident in August this year.

Mweene, 34, died on the spot at the Itezhi Tezhi turn off on the Mongu-Lusaka road while his four passengers sustained injuries.

Featuring on Hot MF’s Red Hot Breakfast in Lusaka this morning, Kambwili who is also Roan PF member of parliament said by-elections were different from general elections.

‘’I expect a high voter apathy because the key determining factor that motivates people to vote in a general election is not there in a by-election,’’ Kambwili told presenters.

‘’You see, in a general election, the battle is about the presidency. You have one group of citizens that want to defend the presidency, and you have another group that wants to change government. So, you will find that both groups will mobilise their members and call for a high voter turnout. But in a by-election, people know that it’s just about removing a councilor or MP; it’s not about a president. As a result, they can stay away if they want because they know that even if a particular person is removed or voted for, the government will still not change. Equally in the Mangango by-election, I expect serious voter apathy based on what I’ve just explained.’’