HH HAS DECISIVELY WON ELECTIONS, SAYS MILUPI…as HH leads Lungu by 769,824 from 107 constituencies announced by ECZ
By Merlyn Mwanza
We have decisively won the elections, UPND Alliance chairperson Charles Milupi has declared.
And UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has extended his lead over President Edgar Lungu to 769,824 from 107 constituencies of the 156 announced by ECZ. Hichilema is now at 1,870,246 votes to President Lungu’s 1,101,422.
And Milupi has warned what he referred to as ‘outgoing’ President Edgar Lungu against further dividing the country.
Addressing the Press this morning at UPND Alliance secretariat, Milupi updated the nation of the Alliance’s Parallel Voter Tabulation (PVT) which gives UPND Alliance Presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema comfortable electoral victory.
He noted that anxiety had gripped the Zambian people due to the slow pace at which the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) was announcing the results.
“Realizing the need to allay Zambians’ increasing fears and anxiety, given the experience of the 2016 general election that was dubiously ‘won’ by the outgoing PF party, our PVT indicates that the results are in our favour. So far, even in terms of the parliamentary vote we have around 109 MPs. We would at this juncture, ask our people to be rest assured that, according to our PVT, Mr Hichilema is Zambia’s next Republican President, the Seventh President,” Milupi explained.
He said the slow pace at which ECZ is announcing results was giving room for thieves to flee the country or transfer assets.
“Where change of government is imminent, prolonged periods of uncertainty of delayed announcement of results, provides an opportunity for those with crooked intentions to either flee the country; cover their tracks, or transfer assets outside the country – not just personal assets but state assets as well. A case in point is the reported matter of a senior government official on the Copperbelt, who allegedly attempted to move10 GRZ motor vehicles to a neighbouring country. Indeed, the people already know how they voted and any attempts to manipulate their democratic will, through cooked up figures or political tricks, shall, therefore, not be accepted by the Zambian people,” Milupi stressed. “Zambia is at standstill whether we like it or not. Until the final results are announced, the country is at a standstill. Things like investment decisions, businesses, key governance decisions, for example, are at standstill.
That being the case, it is important that the outcome of Thursday’s general election is communicated to the people quickly so that it confirms Zambians’ aspiration for change of leadership, from the PF regime to a UPND Alliance-led government.”
And Milupi challenged President Lungu to provide evidence over his claims that some Patriotic Front polling agents were chased from polling stations in North-Western, Southern, and Western Provinces. He described as baseless President Lungu’s claims.
“You, yourself (President Lungu), know that is totally untrue . The mere fact that ordinary voters, in a number of incidents, reacted against your PF officials doing wrong things, does not constitute an agent. Observers, like the EU, Commonwealth, and AU, all other observers have attested that no PF polling agent was removed from any polling station. So, your allegations are not only baseless but also unsubstantiated. The people of North Western, Southern, and Western provinces, like other provinces, to which you, President Lungu, sent extra troops, have merely responded to your governance style by the way they have voted. So, there is no need to further divide the country based on regions and ethnicity,” Milupi continued. “You (President Lungu) should consider it an honour that you held the Office of President for seven years in this country. We ask you to act in a stateman-like manner by quickly conceding to your brother, Mr Hakainde Hichilema, so that the process of handover can begin.”
He thanked other presidential candidates that participated in the general elections for conceding.
“We would like to thank the presidential candidates who have magnanimously conceded. We thank the Socialist Party’s Dr Fred M’membe, Democratic Party’s Mr Harry Kalaba, NAREP’s Mr Steve Nyirenda, MMD’s Dr Nevers Mumba, NHP’s Ms Chishala Kateka, PeP’s Mr Sean Tembo, UNIP’s Bishop Trevor Mwamba, among others in this regard. In addition, we wish to thank the Law Association of Zambia (LAZ) for ably providing guidance to the country, from a legal perspective, following Mr Lungu’s unconstitutional statement that the elections were not free and fair. We are of the view that the President would understand those legal issues being a lawyer,” said Milupi. We, therefore, urge our members countrywide to ready themselves to celebrate this victory they have achieved and further prepare for the inauguration of Mr Hakainde Hichilema as the Seventh President of the Republic of Zambia, and his Vice-President, Madam Mutale Nalumango. We urge ECZ not to delay this process any further.