‘‘IT HAS come to my attention that someone has created a fake campaign poster for me to become a presidential running mate,’’ says Information and Broadcasting minister Chishimba Kambwili.
Dissociating himself from the campaign poster, Mr Kambwili said political enemies were trying to malign him and that the poster contained a catalogue of tribal sentiments which he did not want to be part of.
Mr Kambwili said he was not a tribalist as he believed in the One Zambia One Nation notion.
‘‘I would like to dissociate myself from this because political enemies are trying to malign me. The poster contains a scourge of tribal sentiments which I would like to distance myself from. I am not a tribalist, never have been and never will. I believe in One Zambia One Nation,’’ he said.
He said he found it insulting and extremely offensive that someone had taken time to create a false image and pass it around on social media platforms, in a bid to discredit him and create a false impression.
He said as contained in the new Constitution the idea of a presidential running mate had excited a lot of people, however one could not campaign to become a presidential running mate. ‘‘I find it insulting and extremely offensive that someone has taken their time to create a false image and pass it around on social media platforms, in a bid to discredit me and create a false impression.
‘‘In the wake of the Constitution the notion of the presidential running mate has obviously excited a few chaps; however one cannot campaign to become a running mate, besides if one wants to become a running mate am sure they would not insult and ridicule the President like it has been done there and neither would they issue derogatory remarks towards a particular tribe,’’ Mr Kambwili said.
He urged all Zambians who would come across the poster to know that it did not reflect his ideas and wishes.
Mr Kambwili also said it was a pity that some people had resorted to thinking they could use social media like Facebook to win elections which was not the reality of the matter.
‘‘If anyone comes across this image, it’s completely fake and does not represent my views; I am officially denying any involvement in the creation of this image. It seems in this day and age people think elections are won on Facebook; however that is not the reality,’’ he added.
He said the campaign period was not yet declared and urged everyone to wait and suppress their ambitions until President Edgar Lungu dissolved Parliament.
He said he was not campaigning for any position until he was constitutionally obliged to and that he did not have time for games as 2016 was a serious year for politics.
Said Mr Kambwili: ‘‘The campaign period has not been declared yet. I urge everyone to hold their horses and suppress their ambitions until President Lungu dissolves Parliament. On my part I am not campaigning for any position until I am constitutionally obliged to.
‘‘Until then if you see Kambwili for this or that, it is malice and should not be taken seriously at all. I do not have the time to start playing games as this is a vital year in our political lives, ‘’ Mr Kambwili said.