UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) is likely to win the coming presidential election because he has emerged as the best candidate who has given hope to Zambians for a better future, Keembe MMD MP Ronnie Shikapwasha has said.
Lieutenant General Shikapwasha said MMD MPs had decided to support Mr Hichilema and work together with UPND so that the ruling Patriotic Front was defeated in the coming election.
General Shikapwasha was reacting to threats by MMD president Nevers Mumba who said he was going to expel MMD MPs who were supporting either UPND’s Mr Hichilema or Edgar Lungu of the PF
He said it was surprising that Dr Mumba, who had mooted the idea of supporting Mr Hichilema, was now threatening to expel party members that opted to support other presidential candidates.
“We have decided to support Mr Hichilema because he is the best candidate of the 11 presidential candidates and has the vision to turn the fortunes of the country. It is only through the alliance like ours that we can defeat the PF. In fact it was Dr Mumba who mooted the idea of forming an electoral alliance with the UPND and his threats to expel the MPs campaigning for Mr Hichilema are surprising. We need a good president and Mr Hichilema has proved to be that leader Zambia needs,” Gen Shikapwasha said.
Gen Shikapwasha said Dr Mumba should not blame the MMD MPs and some national executive committee members for supporting Mr Hichilema because time had come for Zambians to be liberated from the misrule of the PF.
He said Zambians should reject the lies and promises by the PF stating that the ruling party had caused a lot of damage to the social, political and economic performance of the country which he said was buoyant during the MMD rule.
“The PF has failed to govern the country as everything they have attempted to do hase been disastrous. The economy is in shambles and levels of hunger and poverty have continued to escalate. That is why we have to get rid of the PF,” Gen Shikapwasha said. And UPND losing candidate in the Mpongwe parliamentary by election Rabson Chilufya has said Mr Hichilema was the best candidate of all the presidential candidates because he had the ability to retrieve Zambia from the jaws of poverty and hunger.