United Progressive People’s Party-UPP Chairperson Saviour Chishimba has declared that he will contest the country’s presidency in this year’s tripartite elections.
Dr. Chishimba has affirmed his decision to run for plot one at a media briefing in Lusaka, Wednesday.
Dr. Chishimba says his party will shock the country by emerging victorious in the general elections.
He said UPP has been on the ground since it was launched almost a year ago.
Dr. Chishimba says his political party will soon launch a mass nation-wide campaign drive to ask for votes from the electorate.
And Dr. Chishimba says the UPP is geared for a national convention ahead of the tripartite elections.
He said the electoral process in his party will start with elections in all the country’s 72-districts, which will culminate into a national convention.
Meanwhile Dr. Chishimba has called on government to deal firmly, and without hesitation, with people agitating violence over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
He says government must use whatever is at its disposal, to quell any possible violence in Western Province.
Dr. Chishimba has told ZNBC News in an exclusive interview that there is need to sustain the culture of peace and tranquility in the country.
He has also condemned people circulating flyers in Western Province asking non-Lozi speaking people to leave the area by Friday, January 14.
And on Tuesday President Rupiah Banda warned Zambians against taking part in the planned meeting over the Barotseland Agreement in Mongu this Friday.
President Banda said the planned meeting by the group calling itself the Black Bulls will not take place.
And CARITAS Zambia Executive Director Sam Mulafulafu says there is no justification for people to be violent over the Barotseland Agreement of 1964.
Mr. Mulafulafu has strongly condemned persons that are agitating violence over the agreement.
He says it is unfortunate that non-Lozi speaking people are now being asked to leave the area by Friday January 14th.
Mr. Mulafulafu was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka on Wednesday.