GEOFFREY Bwalya Mwamba has vowed that he will remain a loyal member of the United Party for National Development (UPND) even if the opposition political party does not adopt him as a running mate to his party president Hakainde Hichilema.
Mr Mwamba who is UPND vice-president for administration said he was not worries about the running mate clause because he had joined politics and the UPND to serve Zambians whom he said were living in abject poverty.
And Mr Mwamba has predicted that the UPND was going to win the general elections scheduled for 11th August this year on the first count because the opposition political party’s popularity had exponentially grown across the country.
Addressing journalists yesterday at the UPND secretariat to dispel rumours that he had resigned from the UPND to rejoin the Patriotic Front (PF), Mr Mwamba said he strongly believed in the leadership of Mr Hichilema and would remain loyal and dedicated to the ideals of the opposition party if he was not adopted as a running mate.
Mr Mwamba stated that he had never had any differences with Mr Hichilema and that those who were peddling rumours about his resignation should know that he was not a desperate politician who was hungry for political position.
He said he would only consider resigning from the UPND if there would be irreparable and fundamental differences between the two leaders. Mr Mwamba explained that he was one of the few people who immensely contributed to the victory of the PF in 2011 and pledged that he was going to put his all so that the UPND could form Government after the 11th August general elections. “I believe in Mr Hichilema and I will proudly work under him even if I am not adopted to be his running mate. Zambians are looking for change because the PF has failed them and I am in politics to serve them. I am one of the few who helped the PF form Government and I will make sure they are voted out this year. In fact, as the UPND, we are very happy that President Edgar Lungu has assented to the Constitution Amendment Bill because that is an exit for the PF from power. The UPND is going to win the general elections with the first count of the first vote and we do not see a second round voting,” Mr Mwamba said.
Mr Mwamba claimed that the UPND had become dominant in eight provinces which included North-Western, Western, Central, Luapula, Northern, Copperbelt and Lusaka and it was therefore not possible for Zambia to go for a rerun of the vote.