By Nation Reporter
ZAMBIANS will be endorsing Gender Based Violence (GBV) if they are going to vote for Hakainde Hichilema and his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba in the August general elections, Kelvin Fube has warned.
Mr Fube, who is Patriotic Front (PF) deputy elections chairperson, said Zambians should heed President Edgar Lungu’s call to seriously scrutinise presidential running mates in political parties that would be participating in the coming general elections because some had documented records of Gender Based Violence.
He said President Lungu had challenged Mr Hichilema to explain how he had preferred Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba as his running mate over his long and faithful vice-president for political affairs Canisius Banda to forewarn Zambians about the danger of making wrong choices on leadership. Mr Fube said in a statement yesterday that the women rights movement and the church had betrayed Zambians for failing to condemn Mr Hichilema for selecting Mr Mwamba as his running mate despite having a record of engaging in GBV.
He challenged the Women’s Lobby Group, NGOCC, WILSA, Catholic and United Church of Zambia (UCZ) women and Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) president Linda Kasonde to state their position on Mr Hichilema’s running mate because GBV was an evil that should never be condoned in a civilised society. Mr Fube alleged that the UPND had embraced personalities whose characteristics was nothing but causing terror in communities and that the UPND leader had embraced The Post Newspaper for neglecting to honour its tax obligations which he said was a criminal act.
“Voting for Mr Hichilema will be directly endorsing GBV which his running mate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has embraced whole heartedly. It is a betrayal that the women’s rights movement, the church and other right thinking Zambians have failed to call Hichilema’s bluff on his endorsement of GBV as per record in The Post regarding his running mate,” he said. And Mr Fube said Zambians should re-elect President Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina because of their dedication to delivering development to the country.
He said Zambia was in safe hands under President Lungu because the Head of State was a God fearing leader.
He said President Lungu was the best presidential candidate among all the candidates and that his humility and respect for citizens had placed him far ahead of the coming presidential race.