United Party for National Development (UPND) vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba said he would only be able to discuss the clause on presidential running mate in the Constitution Amendment Bill after President Lungu had assented to the document.
Mr Mwamba said it was premature for him to comment on the presidential running mate and its qualifications and that he was ready to give his views after President Lungu had assented to the new amended Constitution.
Mr Mwamba claimed that his priority as the UPND vice-president was not to earn a position because as a successful businessman, he was already living better than the President.
“It is premature for me to discuss the presidential running mate (clause) this time. I will wait until the President assents to the Constitution Amendment Bill before commenting on the qualifications for one to contest any elective position in the general elections next year.
“You should know that I am not a desperate man looking for a position in politics. I want to serve many Zambians who do not know where their next meal is going to come from. You must understand I live better than the President,” Mr Mwamba said.
According to the newly passed constitutional bill, yet to be assented by President Edgar Lungu next week, no candidate without a Grade 12 certificate will be allowed to contest, the Presidency, Vice Presidency, Parliament and council elections.