Former First Lady Maureen Mwanawasa has today filled in her nomination papers to contest for position of Lusaka Executive Mayor on the UPND ticket.
Dr Mwanawasa was accompanied to the civic centre by a group of supporters that included Former Vice President Guy Scott, Former MPs Sylvia Masebo and Obvious Mwaliteta.
And addressing her supporters, Dr Mwanawasa pledged to transform the city of Lusaka if elected into office.
She said top of her agenda will be to tackle the perennial cholera outbreaks and water shortages are addressed.
“The last few years, the councils are like a pit where all the money from the treasury geos for salaries, our new approach among others will be creating a city council that will be able to engage into capital projects for the councils,” Dr Mwanawasa said.
She said she wants to see a Lusaka City Council in the next five years that will be able to contribute to the treasury in form of tax contribution.
“We want to have a council that will be financially viable and be able to pay its own salaries and have a good capital base to enable it borrow and invest in infrastructure development,” she said.
She added, “The role of the Mayor this time is executive and one has to be elected into office and for us as UPND, we want to make this office of Mayor to be about the people of Lusaka. We want to see change in the provision of water, the quality of roads and electricity provision and this will entail restructuring Lusaka and not displacing the people entirely as we have seen.
Others you filed in their nomination papers include Wilson Kalumba for PF and Reverand Alfred Sakala of UNIP while Fisho Mwale and Elias Mpondela filed in as Independent candidates.