UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has warned the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) not to settle for the Dubai printing company to print ballot papers for the August 11 general elections as his party will not be responsible for what may happen to the country.
Mr Hichilema said yesterday in Lusaka at a press briefing that UPND was opposed to the possibility of the ECZ selecting the Dubai printing company, Algurair Printing and Publishing House, alleging that the company had quoted U$$3.6 million for the job, compared to a South African company which quoted US$1.5 million.
“There will be no printing of ballot papers from Dubai. We want a free and fair election. There shall be no Dubai ballot papers. I heard what the ECZ said. We heard, but the ECZ must be reminded that if you are colluding with the PF so that you can conduct fraudulent elections, then you will be responsible for what will happen to the country. It is you, and not us. No Dubai,” he said.
Mr Hichilema said he had instructed lawyers to go to the Constitutional Court to challenge President Lungu over the Cabinet ministers’ continued stay in office after the dissolution of Parliament on Wednesday 11th May, 2016, adding that he would pay the ministers for the next three months only if they vacated office.
“I can help you pay the ministers without them remaining in Cabinet. Tell the President that Hakainde can help you pay the ministers without them remaining in office,” he said. Mr Hichilema instructed Sylvia Masebo to report the Patriotic Front to the police for allegedly registering foreign nationals in the ECZ voters register.
Earlier, Ms Masebo claimed that she had enough evidence that would prove her assertions that the PF was involved in electoral malpractice.
UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba took a swipe at former republican Vice President Enock Kavindele for declaring his support for President Edgar Lungu and accused him of seeking business contracts from the Government and not caring about the welfare of the Zambian people.
He reiterated his earlier comments that he would not allow a Government vehicle to be driven by any of the Cabinet ministers.
At the press briefing, MMD Members of Parliament (MPs) and their PF counterparts who had endorsed the candidature of Mr Hichilema were formally issued with UPND membership cards, among them Gertrude Imenda who was the only MP for Alliance for democracy and Development (ADD), Luckson Kazabu, Dr Brian Chituwo, Kabinga Mpande, Sara Saifwanda, Keith Mukata, Levy Ngoma, Prof. Geoffrey Lungwangwa and others.