Announcing the appointment of Ms Nalumango during a Press Conference at the UPND secretariat this morning, party president, Hakainde Hichilema says the decision was arrived at after wide consultations.
Mr Hichilema stated that contrary to assertions that he single-handedly run the party, he stated that successful running of the party was anchored on a competent team that helped him to smoothly run its affairs on a daily basis.
“People ask me whether am alone. I tell them that am not alone. I can’t deliver alone; I have a great team. We have the most diverse NMC with competent people.” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Hichilema reiterated that the UPND government will have representation from all parts of the country.
“When we are in government the Cabinet will reflect the face of the country and the process we witness today is to put competent people in right places to deliver victory for us on 12th August,” he said.
And Mr Hichilema, who has congratulated the newly elected NMC members, says it was incumbent upon them to work hard and help deliver victory for the UPND in the forthcoming general elections.
“Thank you to those who made it to the NMC. Most importantly, thank you to those who didn’t make it to the NMC because you have a lot of work to do. For those who made it, it is your duty to reach out to those who didn’t make it. Work starts now. It is time to work hard and ensure that you deliver victory for the UPND in the forthcoming general elections,” he said.
And in her acceptance speech, Ms Nalumango stated that she was grateful to answer to the cause for the greater good of Zambia.
“I accept the responsibility, why? Because my strength and confidence is in these people. You are the strength and the anchor on which I stand. I accept to be a tool in the cause. The cause is not for me or the President, but for the people of Zambia,” charged Nalumango.
She says her appointment to the UPND vice presidency was a clear indication that Mr Hichilema believed in gender and regional balancing.
“This day, Zambians must know who is for them and this is the time when they should decide. I want to thank everyone who has shown confidence in me to stand before the man of valour (HH). Am happy to accept this position, and am available,” she said.
The position has been vacant since Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) ditched the UPND to re-join the PF early last year.