UNIP has already started compiling a list of those who were expected to contest both the local government and the parlimentary seats, says UNIP secretary general Reverend Alfred Banda.
“We are ready to particiapte in the general elections and the party has put to task its members to meet the requirements as stated in the new Constitution,” he said.
Rev Banda disclosed that UNIP had adopted Mr Tilyenji Kaunda as its presidential candidate for 2016 and that the party national council that was held last year confirmed him as its sole presidential candidate for 2016.
“I want to inform the nation that UNIP is participating in this year’s elections and we have adopted Mr Tilyenji Kaunda as our candidate for 2016 elections,” he said.
Rev Banda said his party was ready to build the party and stand as required by the new constitution.
He said although they were cluases that worked to the disadvantege of many political parties, UNIP would meet the requirements.
“Although we are not comfrotable with other clauses, especially that of bringing about 1000 supporters from each province, because this will disadvantage many parties, but for us there is nothing we can do other than fighting hard and put to task our members, so that we meet the demand of the new constitution since it has been passed,” Rev Banda said.
He said his party had launched the membership renewal for 2016, and its candidates for 2016 had already been identified.
Rev Banda said the party was ready to stand up for Zambia which they fought for in the past to gain independence, adding that Zambia had been offered a lot of resources that could be utilised and redistributed to benefit its people.