UPND vice- president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba has said that that he was going to contest the August elections despite not clarifying over his academic qualifications, saying he would be seen on the day of nomination,
Speaking yesterday at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Mwamba said that he said he was not going to go back to the PF and that he was in very good terms with UPND president Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr. Mwamba emphasized that he cannot be so naïve as to go back to a party he claimed had failed the people and subjected them to suffering.
Mr. Mwamba further said that even if he is not picked as the running mate he will remain a strong UPND member and stated that he is also ready to recontest the Kasama central seat.
Meanwhile, SOME Members of Parliament (MPs) and a councillor have gladly welcomed the new law that requires them to have a minimum education qualification of Grade 12 certificate.
Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) Kasenengwa Constituency Member of Parliament (MP) Victoria Kalima said in an interview yesterday that the new law is good because it brings in quality presentation of citizens to parliament.
Ms Kalima said the law is long overdue because it is important that people are represented by knowledgeable individuals.
“This is a wonderful law in that it brings in quality and enables us as a country to have knowledgeable lawmakers. We need people who understand various fields and policies,” she said.
Ms Kalima said she will participate in the forth-coming elections because she meets all the qualifications and wants to represent women in the country.
Chavuma MP Kenneth Konga said it’s a welcome clause because it doesn’t make sense for uneducated individuals to represent a learned society.
“I have always been in support of this law because we cannot have uneducated individuals representing learned people,” he said.
United Party for National Development (UPND) Magoye MP Oliver Mulomba said the new law does not affect him as an individual but that it will adversely affect other potential leaders.
Mr Mulomba said people who do not have this qualification but have the potential to represent people well have been deprived of the opportunity to do so.
“The law of having a Grade 12 certificate does not affect me as an individual but those who do not have. It has been passed and I cannot go against it,” He said.
Mr Mulomba said the local government should have been given lower qualifications because most councillors only have experience, not educational qualifications.
Chilenje Ward eight councillor Maggie Zulu said the law is good but should not be compulsory because voting is not based on education qualifications.
Ms Zulu said, however, that councillors should be able to understand and explain things intellectually in the chambers.
She is, however, concerned that some leaders, especially in rural areas, do not have Grade 12 qualifications.
UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said even if the new law will knock out some candidates from participating in the forthcoming elections, it is good as it will enhance quality.