The Patriotic Front have announced their entry into Southern Province with a convincing victory in the Livingstone parliamentary by-elections where the ruling party's candidate Lawrence Evans polled 10, 233 votes against UPND's Regina Musokotwane's 8,198 votes. MMD candidate Fred Siasuntwe managed just slightly over 2,000 votes.
The PF followed up their Southern Province curtain-raising inroads in the local elections in Itezhi-tezhi and Namwala on February 28 by winning their first ever parliamentary seat in the region. The PF is now the only party with parliamentary representation from all ten provinces.
The result also settles the question as to whether the UPND still an consider Southern Province as their stronghold after dominating the region in the last decade.
Many will view this result as a sign of the times and a harbinger of what is to follow in Itezhi-tezhi and Sinazongwe should the UPND go ahead to cause more by-elections by expelling their members of parliament who have accepted to serve in President Michael Sata's all-inclusive government.
The people of Livingstone have spoken in no uncertain terms that they are willing to give PF a chance to lead the development agenda and have rejected what many view as politics of mere opposition and insults from the UPND.