THE UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) in Livingstone says their party constitution does not limit the number of times a presidential candidate can stand and they have since endorsed Hakainde Hichilema as their presidential candidate for 2016.
Livingstone district UPND Chairperson Michael Kangayi said the party in the district was rallying behind the leadership of Mr Hakainde, hence their endorsement for him for 2016 and beyond.
Addressing journalists and some party members during a press briefing in Livingstone yesterday, Mr Kangayi said Mr Hichilema had demonstrated quality and mature leadership for the party and believed that Zambia could also achieve a better economy.
“H.H has demonstrated quality and mature leadership and we believe that Zambia can achieve better economy. He is not in politics for money but as a missionary to redeem Zambia’s economy. It is only HH’s leadership that can rehabilitate Zambia’s economy,” Mr Kangayi said.
Mr Kangayi said the UPND had engaged in a continuous campaign process until the 2016 general elections.
Meanwhile Mr Kangayi has condemned the appointment of Nalolo Member of Parliament Inonge Wina as vice president.
He said the appointment of Ms Wina would be likened to the blind leading the blind.
“The PF appointing the old lady think that they will win western province, that is a disaster if they want to use it to capture western province,” Mr Kangayi said.
And commenting on the appointment Solwezi Central Member of Parliament Dawson Kafwaya as North-Western Province minister, Mr Kangayi said the appointment would not weaken the party in the area adding that Mr Kafwaya was finishing himself.
“It’s sad that he accepted the appointment, but that will not weaken the position of the UPND and the Youngman is only finishing himself,” Mr Kangayi said.
Commenting on the just ended elections, Mr Kangayi said the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and Zambia Police must in future desist the use of reserve police officer at the expense of professional officers as was the case in Livingstone.
“The use of police reserves was also questionable as there are not professionally trained and hence lack of capacity to interpret the electoral code of conduct. This disadvantaged the agents who were intimidated. Professionally trained police officers could be neutral and nonpartisan but police reserves and their neutrality is highly questionable,” Mr Kangayi said.