TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka
THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has adopted its leader Hakainde Hichilema to contest the presidential election.
UPND vice-president for political affairs Canicius Banda, who launched the campaigns in Lusaka yesterday, said there is need for Zambians to vote for Mr Hichilema to improve their standards of living.
Dr Banda said Zambians should vote in a manner that will put the country on a steady path to recovery.
â€œWe are asking the Zambian people to give the leadership to a young and vibrant person from UPND. Let them vote for Hakainde Hichilema [HH] so that this country can be developed.
â€œUPND will make sure that land is made available to Zambians, the cost of electricity, mealie meal and fuel will come down. HH is the best candidate among all the candidates aspiring for the position of the presidency,â€ he said.
Dr Banda encouraged Zambians not to ignore calls for unity of purpose ahead of the presidential election to help usher in a new Government.
He said the power to change the country still remains in the hands of the people of Zambia.
Dr Banda also called for peace and unity before, during and after the presidential election.
He said Zambians across political parties have no option but to unite and ensure they usher in a Government that will address all their concerns.
Dr Banda said it is possible that Zambians can unite the same way they did in 1991 and 2011, respectively.
Commenting on Mr Hichilemaâ€™s adoption, Dr Banda said the adoption follows the National Management Committee meeting where Mr Hichilema was unanimously endorsed as the party candidate for the presidential election.
Dr Banda said the meeting was attending by all UPND members of Parliament.
At the same briefing, UPND national chairperson Mutale Nalumango said Zambia is yearning for a God fearing leader such as Mr Hichilema.
â€œHH is a shepherd of this country. He is a cowboy and he is the only person who will take this country forward,â€ Ms Nalumango said
And former Isoka member of Parliament Winston Siame and former Minister of Education Andrew Mulengaâ€™s son Gabriel joined the UPND.
TEDDY KUYELA, Lusaka