THE hiked nomination fees will not stop me from contesting the Presidency in the August 11 general ele has declared.
Dr Mumba, who on Sunday was reported to have pulled out of the presidential race to contest the Kanyama parliamentary seat on PF ticket, said he was misquoted by the press and his eyes were still set at entering State House. “I was misquoted by the press. I am still contesting the republican presidency in the 2016 general elections,
“I didn’t say whoever might have reported that am pulling out. I am contesting the presidency, nothing has changed,” Dr. Mumba said.
He said his party had already raised K50, 000 out of the required K75, 000 nomination fees for presidential candidates.
Dr. Mumba disclosed that he was in talks with his colleagues in South Africa, who were going to assist him with the remaining K25, 000.
“I can tell you that I have already raised K50, 000 and I am leaving for South Africa next week to meet my colleagues there who are also politicians so that I can raise the balance,” he said.
Meanwhile, Dr Mumba urged the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) to consider revising the nomination fees, saying that the increased fees were undermining other political parties. He indicated that he would petition ECZ if no action was taken regarding the issue.
“There is no economic sense in the increase from K10, 000 to K75, 000, this increment is a form of dictatorship and it is undermining other political parties.
“As NRP president, I am informing ECZ that if they don’t reverse the fees, we are going to sue them. We will not tolerate that as a party, so we are petitioning them this Friday to reduce the fees,” he said.