Zambia popular privately owned television channel Muvi TV this evening launches its widely anticipated presidential live TV debates kicking off with presidential running mates.
The debate will be held at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre starting at 18 Hours and are a partnership between Muvi TV and the BBC Media Action.
The debate will kick off this evening with the first one featuring presidential running mates.
The final leg of the debates will be held on the 3rd and 4th of August for all presidential candidates.
The debates will be moderated by seasoned broadcaster and Muvi TV General Manager Costa Mwansa.
And the UPND has announced that its presidential running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba commonly known as GBM will not feature at this evening’s debate.
In a statement, UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka said, “regrettably, UPND Vice-President for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) will not be attending the running mate debate on 26th July at 1800. This is due to shifts in his programme for Northern and Muchinga Provinces following the announcement of President Lungu’s travel in the area. Unfortunately, the party has been unable to obtain the necessary permits for GBM to hold events in Lusaka this week as an alternative.”
But Mr Katuka has confirmed that UPND presidential candidate Mr. Hakainde Hichilema is set to participate in the live presidential debate on Muvi TV scheduled for 4th August.
Mr. Hichilema has welcomed the opportunity to join the proceedings, commenting: “This is an chance for us candidates to lead by example and show that competition in a democracy is all about the exchange of ideas and civilised discussion, not violence, slander and intimidation.”
“This is an excellent opportunity to focus on the issues that are impacting the daily lives of our people, such as joblessness, rising food prices and the difficulty of accessing even basic health services. It is a chance for us to educate voters on the choice they face on 11th August 2016.”