ASSERTIONS by UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba that the opposition party will win this year’s elections are false, says National Revolution Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba
He has challenged UPND president Hakainde Hichilema to go to a non-corrupt convention to test his popularity.
Dr Mumba was reacting to a story in the Daily Nation under the headline “GBM sees UPND victory”. He said the recent resignation of Katuba Member of Parliament (MP) Jonas Shakafuswa from the opposition party was a clear indication that there was something wrong in the party.
Dr Mumba said that the UPND would never govern the country, stating that the opportunity was lost when its founding president Anderson Mazoka passed on and when the party decided to choose his replacement based on tribal grounds. He said it was a fallacy for Mr Mwamba to think that UPND would win the elections, stating that elections were not based on the number of cadres ferried to and from a venue. Dr Mumba said he was on the ground and that he knew what was currently going on in the political arena. “I want you to put it on record. The UPND will never rule Zambia based on two simple reasons and I will tell you, because of its tribal tag. When president Mazoka passed on, may his soul in peace, the Tonga’s in the party stood up and said ‘swebo tuyanda mu tonga’ (us we want a Tonga),” he said.
The UPND will lose this year’s elections with a distinction”, he said. He has since challenged UPND leader Hichilema to hold a corrupt free convention and to challenge him (Dr Mumba) to a one on one election to see if he will win him and also urged Mazabuka MP Garry Nkombo to challenge HH to a convention stating that NRP follows its constitution and he (Dr Mumba) has a two year mandate unlike UPND.
And Dr Mumba called on the police to take seriously his calls for them to check various houses of politicians who could be harbouring weapons such as pangas, guns and other dangerous weapons.
“NRP does not want a bloody election, I urge the police to be vigilant and to search all homes of politicians as some are harbouring illegal and unregistered weapons,” he said.