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MPs opposition alliance starts HH campaign

DOREEN NAWA, CHRISTINE CHISHA, Lusaka
AN ALLIANCE of opposition members of Parliament yesterday kicked off their election campaign for United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema for the January 20 presidential election.  The launch was in Mumbwa.
MMD Lunte MP Felix Mutati, who is team leader of the alliance, said in an interview that the MPs agreed to form an alliance in order to avoid dividing votes against the ruling Patriotic Front’s candidate.
Mr Mutati said out of the 60 opposition MPs, 48 consented to the alliance.
“In anything that you want to do, you cannot have 100 percent support. We had 48 out of 60 opposition members of Parliament consenting to the alliance to rally behind UPND presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema,” Mr Mutati said.
“The alliance does not mean that we have abandoned our respective political parties. We are all MMD MPs and our colleagues are still UPND,” he said.
Mr Mutati said the opposition needs to work together and tackle challenges the nation is facing.
“We need to mature from this attitude of personalised agendas and take this country forward. We need to sacrifice our individual goals for the greater good of the nation. The previous election will tell you that wherever we have gone as individuals we have failed,” Mr Mutati said.
And UPND’s Bweengwa MP Highvie Hamududu said that the alliance will bear fruit because it comprises selfless individuals committed to make Zambia a better place for all.
MMD’s Mwandi MP Michael Kaingu said the MPs from MMD have no blessing of the party to belong to an alliance.
“As far as we are concerned as MMD we have a candidate in former president Rupiah Banda and the National Executive Committee (NEC) will look in the matter concerning the move taken by the MPs,” he said.
And Mr Banda’s campaign team leader Lucky Mulusa said the MMD will today (Sunday) kick-start its country-wide campaign with a rally in Lusaka’s Mtendere township.
Mr Mulusa urged party president Nevers Mumba who is in Chinsali to consult the campaign team whenever he is traveling so that together the party could spread one message.
And Dr Mumba said, “My job at the moment as party president is to ensure that stability returns in the party after the recent happenings and to concentrate on preparing for January 20 presidential election”.
He said as a party president, he will stand on the MMD ticket and has since launched the party’s country-wide campaign in his home town Chinsali.
But Mr Mulusa said as far as the MMD is concerned the adoption certificate was handed over to Mr Banda and was signed by the Secretary General Muhabi Lungu and Elections Chairperson Kenneth Chipungu.
He said Mr Lungu and Mr Chipungu are mandated by the constitution by virtue of their positions to hand over an adoption certificate to a person chosen by the NEC.


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