Tilyenji picks running mate


UNIP president Tilyenji Kaunda will contest the August 11 general elections without any electoral pact and the party has announced that Njekwa Anamela will be the running mate.
Mr Kaunda announced the party’s decision at a press briefing at Lusaka’s Kenneth Kaunda House yesterday.
“As UNIP, we have resolved to contest the coming August 11 elections at all levels with our party president Tilyenji Kaunda as presidential candidate and further endorse Njekwa Anamela as his running mate,” UNIP Northern Province chairperson Komichili Kafunda said.
Mr Kaunda said UNIP will contest the elections without forming an alliance with another political party.
“UNIP is a party that has gone into alliances with other political parties, but we don’t think that they are necessary all the time. We are not looking forward to forming an alliance with any political party,” he said.
And Mr Kaunda has condemned pockets of political violence ahead of the August elections.
“We in UNIP have observed with great concern the inter-party violence that is taking place. We condemn unreservedly this trend that is contradicting our motto of One Zambia, One Nation,” he said
Meanwhile, Mr Anamela has commended the restoration of former President Rupiah Banda’s immunity by the High Court.
“It’s a good thing when we do not harass former heads of State deliberately. We think that no-one should be prosecuted for political reasons, so the restoration of Rupiah Banda’s immunity is okay,” he said.
Mr Anamela said the lifting of Mr Banda’s immunity was irregular.

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