UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has given a slight hint of the difficulties he has faced in picking his running mate for the August elections.
Writing on his Facebook last evening, Mr Hichilema who is expected to unveil his running mate as he files in his nomination papers today said it has been a busy week.
He quickly went on to caution his officials that winning the election should not be about titles.
It is widely expected that the choice of Mr Hichilema’s running mate may make or break his election bid which many analysts feel has given him the greatest chances ever of ascending to power.
But Mr Hichilema did not hesitate to call for unity from party members.
“On the eve of nomination filing. As we prepare for a big day tomorrow I want to thank all our supporters and party members for their efforts. It has been a busy week but next week will be busier still as we tour the country, and come August 12th we expect to be this busy every week serving the interests of the Zambian people,” Mr Hichilema said.
He added, “Our call this evening is for unity. There are many talents in our team and we can achieve a lot together. This should not be about anyone one person’s position or title but it has to be about the progress we can make as a team for the betterment of our nation.”
Mr Hichilema has told his officials to put personal interest aside if they want to develop the country and build a future in which every child, no matter their gender, tribe or financial status is able to have the same opportunities in life.
“For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.” 2 Timothy 1:7. God bless.”
Many analysts are saying that the race to be Mr Hichilema’s running mate heavily favours Vice President for Administration Geoffrey Mwamba.
And UPND Vice President for Politics Canisius Banda opened up about the happenings in the party ahead of the filing in of nominations in a creative writing piece posted on his Facebook page last evening.
“As a man thinketh so is he. We all have assets and liabilities. Life is a constant interplay of the two. The management of these two will determine whether one succeeds or fails. It is not uncommon for the foolish to ignore the assets that they have and focus on accruing liabilities,” Dr Banda wrote.
“…bankruptcy soon follows. The end/outcome in such a lifestyle, you see, is premised on the attitude. It is predictable – dismal failure. Manage your assets well, Pilgrim. Divest yourself of liabilities. Success or failure is intrinsic to the management style of your life. Blame no one.”
He added, “Come on now. Take my hand. Let’s go. We have got liabilities to get rid of…the future awaits!”