Zambezi West UPND member of parliament Charles Kakoma (c) with Vice president Dr Guy Scott and Provincial minister Josephine Limata at Likumbi lya Mize traditional ceremony of the Luvale people of Zambezi
File: Charles Kakoma (c) with then Vice president Dr Guy Scott and Provincial minister Josephine Limata at Likumbi lya Mize traditional ceremony of the Luvale people of Zambezi

The opposition UPND has said that it’s premature to begin talking about who will be the running mate for party leader Hakainde Hichilema of the two vice presidents Geoffrey Mwamba and Canicius Banda, considering that the 2016 general election is still far.

UPND Spokesperson Charles Kakoma told QFM News that the party is not under pressure to pick a running mate between the two vice presidents.

Mr Kakoma stated that the decision to pick a running mate will not squarely rest with Mr. Hichilema alone.

Mr. Kakoma said that the decision to select a running mate from the two vice presidents will be made through wide consultations with the entire party.

Mr Kakoma added that the UPND is also cognizant that President Edgar Lungu has not yet signed the constitution bill passed by Parliament into law.

Mr. Kakoma said that his party is currently focused on mobilization ahead of the next year’s general election.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. UPND should hold a convention first to election all party positions. Are you telling us that UPND lacks people that can challenge HH as party president and later win as republican presidency. Does Zambia lack people to be featuring the same rejects that people have been rejecting for years. It should have been constitutional for all political parties to hold conventions before general elections and nothing like the party has unanimously. Democracy has to start at party level.

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    • Edgar Lungu cant sign the bill as it is a straight death warrant for the PF. It was done thinking that Mutati is a factor in MMD and on the ground generally and so PF will fund his ascendency to MMD presidency and then will be EL’s running mate. But when they kick started that move, they realised that Mutati is no longer popular as he had become when he was to be veep under HH in January. They are now delaying until they say that the GC and UPND’s wishes will be honoured for a whole complete constitution and not this piecemeal. But again that is pouring fuel in the GC and UPND’s engine meaning they will now have evidence that PF didn’t intend to give us a new constitution. To be honest, PF is in a catch 22 situation with this bill; they are confused now- it is dangerous.

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    • Should it also be by show of hands with pangas and stones near by. If you want real democracy in all the parties then ask Edgar And Nevers and others to do the same. And not that chaos we saw in Kabwe at the PF so called convention please.

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    • You are right that as long as the parties don’t exhibit internal democracy then they won’t do t at national level like we are witnessing now where opposition leaders freedoms are being restricted

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    • Come on. Be analytical and evaluative. What convention are you talking about? The one used by Lungu last year? Did it qualify to be called convention?

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    • some people reply even before reading the second line, shame. ba george chella, you are just an example of the many. the majority zambians are too lazy to read.

      nevertheless, i think mama maureen mwanawasa would make a better running mate.

      for those replying, mind i said “i think”. that means it is my opinion.

      thanks

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  2. @george

    kci raised a valid observation about the lack of democracy in UPND,and instead of answering the question,you are diverting attention to a different party and a different issue altogether.If you truly want to see your preferred candidate ascend to the top office,i think kci’s concern needs needs a more logical and sober answer because in my opinion,kci’s concern represents a concern of many electorates.just saying…

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  3. it’s will be interesting to see who they pick as running g mate.
    Maybe they will have two running mates, one for administration and the other one political.

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    • Dr Scott, Miles Sampa and Maganda all belong to other parties, are you saying that you have no confidence in your die hard tribal MPs? What UPND chaps dont realise is that they really exposed their party, and its all clear that HH chimbwi is the one without a plan.
      Ka 50%+1 is a seriously blow to HH as it has nailed his coffin.

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    • HH, bwana, take it from me, if you want to beat ECL arms down without a re-run, then plead with Guy Scott to be your running mate. GS is loved by many and he is associated with the late Sata country wide even in rural Zambia.
      Secondly have a word with Fred M’embe, bury the hatchets and move on, the posts can propel you to plot 1. Even the late Sata had differences with Fred at one time, but being a politician he was, he reconciled with him and what happened next is history….forget about the differences of the past, this is politics, no permanent enemies, pride out bwana…..

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  4. Hon kakoma you have discused it who can you blind? GBM and Banda are left. yes Mutati can only survive in PF not anyother party. Ask GBM and Mucheleka

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  5. Dr Scott, Miles Sampa and Maganda all belong to other parties, are you saying that you have no confidence in your die hard tribal MPs? What UPND chaps dont realise is that they really exposed their party, and its all clear that HH chimbwi is the one without a plan.
    Ka 50%+1 is a seriously blow to HH as it has nailed his coffin.

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  6. Here the best is GBM because he is able to relate with the kaponyas very well which is currently missing in UPND . You may not like Sir GMB but he is already sealed for this one, and remember a running mate cannot be fired by the president which means that he will be also a president on his own and the people of Northern Province will be happy with that. Remember UPND need more votes from Northern province. For Dr Banda if he is put as running mate , he will still not manage to convince the people of Eastern Province because of EL who comes from Eastern , and so the people will definitely vote EL and simultaneously a clear loss of Northern and Luapula Province

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    • Easterners don’t vote on tribal lines like the Southerners!!! Infact all other regions don’t vote on tribal lines its only the Southerners who can blantantly disregard what is happening on the ground and just support a person because he comes from the same tribe as them. This battle is meaningless as far as other tribes are concerned it is only a concern for southerners. HH deliberately chose to work with GBM whom all his supporters were calling names just because of wanting to win the Bemba vote but it wont work cause Bembas are too clever for HH and can see through his schemes!!!

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  7. GBM is still PF and he has just done a donchi kubeba on UPND.Bembas indeed are clever people and are able to see the scheme where GBM is being used as a bait.What happened in Lubasenshi will happen in Northern province.

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  8. GBM I TOLD U THAT ITS NOT REAL LOVE BUT JUST WANTED TO USE U TO COMPAIGN FOR THEM. KAKOMA DONT HOLD PIPO WE KNOW ON PAPER ITS MOLIN MRS FIMO FIMO FF THESE TWO CHAPS ARE SHADOWS WHO NEXT YEAR WILL SEE WHO THE ACTUAL RUNNING MATE IS (VICE PRESIDENT) THIS A HANGING ROPE FOR GBM/BANDA AND THAT WILL BE THAT END. CHOOSE JACK MWIIMBU,MWITWA, BUT MOLIN IS THE BEST SIZE WAIT CONFUSION IS ANTICIPATED TO SURFACE NEXT YR.

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