MORE than 200 village headmen in Mazabuka District have joined the growing number of voices dreading the possible assumption of Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata to the helm of the UPND/PF pact as president.
The headmen have since called on the pact to immediately announce its presidential candidate for the 2011 presidential polls, while also reiterating the now widely held assertion within the UPND and the Southern Province that “No HH as presidential candidate, no pact”.
Speaking for the headmen from Mazabuka during the week, Chief who is also fierce opponent of the pact revealed that the traditional leaders were anxious to know which candidate would be adopted as president.
He said Mr Sata was not a leader to be entrusted with the running of affairs of the nation even going by the number of revelations about allegations about his past dealings.
Chief Mwanachingwala said the headmen were unanimous in their resolve that they would not be intimidated in their resolve to see that either Mr Hakainde was president of the pact or that he from the outset goes it on his own as presidential candidate for the UPND.
He insisted the pact did not have any future and while he was an avid supporter of President Rupiah Banda for the 2011 presidential bid, he felt Mr Hichilema would have his time in 2016.
And Times investigations have revealed that a team of pro-Pact UPND cadres have started going around the Southern province intimidating people into supporting the pact.
In Mazabuka, a source said there were teams of people sent into the villages harassing people into accepting the pact to counteract an earlier team, which has been educating the masses about the dangers of staying in the pact.
Meanwhile, Chief Mwanachingwala in an interview with ZANIS deplored tribal politics being perpetuated by some traditional rulers in Southern Province.
He said in Mazabuka yesterday that he would not associate himself with political leaders who lack national representation, and that no amount of negative criticism by the UPND would make him shift his support away from President Banda.
[Times of Zambia]