UPND Vice President Dr Canisius Banda is part of a high powered delegation of UPND senior officials that has arrived in Eastern Province for a four-day campaign tour.
This is the first official campaign trip that Dr Banda is embarking upon since he was picked as presidential running mate to party leader Hakainde Hichilema in the August 11 polls.
Speculations heighted a few days ago when Dr Banda announced that he was taking leave from party activities to reflect on his political future.
Some observers predicted that Dr Banda will soon join the PF and some reports circulated that he had been offered a job in the PF administration if it retains power after August 11th elections.
But UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema announced that Dr Banda will be part of the UPND team that will be campaigning in Eastern Province alongside Mr Mwamba.
“Departing for Eastern Province tour with our Vice-Presidents Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba and Dr. Canisius Banda. We are greatly looking forward to continuing the campaign trail and sharing more details about our 10 Point Plan for Zambia across the region,” Mr Hichilema said.
He added, “In particular, we will be stressing our commitments on agriculture, as many of our farmers in the region have been struggling as a result of the rising cost of inputs such as fertiliser and seed, limited support from government and delayed payments from FRA.”
Mr Hichilema said as UPND, they will do things differently by guaranteeing the timely delivery of inputs.
“No excuses; opening up access to finance for farmers so they can invest in productivity saving areas; establishing farmer training centres, and opening up access to market. We also have a strong message on value-addition, for which there are lots of ripe opportunities in Eastern Province.”
He said, “If we look at the groundnuts that are grown, we will see them made into peanut butter. Why do Shoprite and Pick N Pay need to import peanut butter from outside? Soon they won’t. They will be able to sell Zambian peanut butter. Today teams head into different directions addressing meetings in Lumezi, Lundazi, and Vubwi and before heading on to Chipata for our mass rally tomorrow.”