UPND President Hakainde Hichilema says it is rude for anyone to question his decision to pick his vice president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba as his running mate.
Mr. Hichilema says as party president it is his right to chose who should be his running mate.
In an interview with QFM by telephone from Northern Province where he is campaigning, Mr. Hichilema it is unfair for people to continue questioning his choice for running mate when no one is talking about other political parties.
He has wondered why people are not questioning President Edgar Lungu’s choice for running mate vice president Inonge Wina.
Mr. Hichilema has reiterated that party vice president for political affairs Canisius Banda who some people expected to be his running mate still has value to the UPND.
He however, stated that he has not spoken to Dr. Banda over his decision not to be part of UPND campaign team that currently on the campaign trail in Eastern province.
Meanwhile, UPND Vice President for Politics Dr. Canisius Banda refuted claims suggesting that he withdrew from the party’s Eastern Province campaign tour led by former vice president Guy Scott and former Chongwe Member of Parliament Sylvia Masebo because he is bitter for being overlooked as presidential running mate.
Dr. Banda told QFM via telephone that such claims were cheap propaganda which should not be taken seriously.
Dr. Banda said that he harbors no ill feeling after UPND President Hakainde Hichilema picked his Vice President for Administration Geoffrey Mwamba as his running mate.
Dr. Banda said that his absence from Eastern province campaign team has nothing to do with him being overlooked as a presidential running mate, but that something personal came up and he decided to remain and attend to those matters.