UNITED National Independence Party (UNIP) Central Committee has resolved to field Tilyenji Kaunda as it presidential candidate for the 2016 general election without holding a convention.
And the Central Committee has also resolved to endorse the Njekwa Anamela as his running mate for the office of the Vice President.
Speaking during a press briefing, party secretary general Ken Kaira said members of the Central Committee sat at an extra-ordinary meeting at Cairo Hotel on Monday and Tuesday 14 and 15th March, 2016 to come to the decisions.
Mr Kaira said the Central Committee resolved to contest the coming August 11, 2016 general election at Presidential, Parliamentary, Mayoral and Councillors levels. He also said the Central Committee also condemned the violent culture brought about by United Party for National Development (UPND) and Patriotic Front (PF).
And Mr Kaunda said UNIP had recognised that Zambia was at a cross road whether to live in the conditions of the last 25 years or to move into a new era of opportunity and results.
“As of now nothing is working properly in Zambia. Yet we are being told things are ok. In less than six months our exchange rate has rate moved from K5 to almost K12 to a dollar,” he said.
Mr Kaunda said Zambians were sleeping in darkness because of the near collapse of ZESCO due to mismanagement of the company and its resources.
He said unemployment in Zambia was at its highest level since 1991 adding that millions of the youths could not find meaningful jobs.
“The extravagant behavior of those in government in pursuing unsustainable projects due to an instable appetite for personal and selfish interest has led to a huge debt burden for the country. Zambia has been mortgaged to outsiders, and the future of the nation, particularly that of our children is under threat,” Mr Kaunda said.
He said agriculture had been marginalized despite the majority of Zambians depending on the land. Mr Kaunda said farming had become very expensive hence a rise in the cost of living to unprecedented levels with hunger facing every home.