United Party for National Development(UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema has announced that the opposition alliance formed to unseat the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) will now be called the UPND Alliance.
With the post on social media, the UPND leader said, that at a meeting held yesterday afternoon with the party’s fellow alliance partners in the opposition to address various issues on how to progress ahead of the August 12 elections, a declaration was made all partners to work together as an electoral pact to liberate Zambia and bring it to normalcy.
Mr. Hichilema further said that partners entrusted UPND with the responsibility to be the flag carrier of the electoral pact, a gesture which the party humbly accepted, adding that the Alliance resolved that going forward, the pact will now be called the UPND Alliance.
Mr. Hichilema further announced that his alliance partners entrusted UPND with the responsibility to nominate a running mate when the right time comes.
“This is not just an alliance with our opposition partners but it is also an Alliance with the people of Zambia. Together we will liberate this country,” Mr. Hichilema concluded.
It was not clear which parties will be part of the partnership, but a key figure missing from the alliance announcement was Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader Chishimba Kambwili
Last year Dr. Kambwili made publicly said that that a united front is required to eject president Lungu from Office. In a congratulatory statement to the Malawian opposition alliance’s victory, Dr. Kambwili said an untied resistance team is needed to eject president Lungu and his PF from office.
THE NDC leader appealed to all opposition political parties to learn from Malawi that unity of purpose bears results.
“I appeal to all the opposition political parties in Zambia to learn from Malawi’s case that unity of purpose bears results, and if you are disintegrated you will not achieve anything. This is why, we in the NDC and UPND have been serious about our alliance,”