Saturday, August 23, 2008

UPND fields HH for presidential by-election

UPND fields HH for presidential by-election
By Chibaula Silwamba
Saturday August 23, 2008 [04:00]

THE opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) yesterday announced that its leader Hakainde Hichilema will be the party's presidential candidate in the forthcoming by-election. UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma announced Hichilema's candidature in a media statement issued in Lusaka.

"Following the assurance by the justice minister Honourable George Kunda that there would be a presidential by-election in accordance with the Constitution, the UPND
wishes to announce that it will be participating in this by-election," Kakoma stated. "UPND will field Mr Hakainde Hichilema as the presidential candidate."

He urged all UPND members, civil society organisations and all citizens to rally behind Hichilema whom he said offered a ray of hope for real change.

"He is an economic manager who will change the lives of Zambians for the better," Kakoma stated.

He stated that the UPND called upon all well-meaning Zambians to remain calm and peaceful as they mourned President Mwanawasa with dignity and respect.

The announcement of Hichilema's candidature brings to an end speculation that the UPND leader and opposition Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata were planning to form an electoral pact ahead of the presidential by-election.

Justice minister George Kunda on Thursday assured that a presidential by-election would be held within 90 days after the death of President Mwanawasa.

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