The UPND has confirmed that their presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema is set to participate in the live presidential debate on Muvi TV scheduled for 4th August, 2016.
UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka however said UPND Vice-President for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) will not be attending the running mate debate on 26th July at 1800.
Mr. Hichilema has welcomed the opportunity to join the proceedings, commenting:
“This is an chance for us candidates to lead by example and show that competition in a democracy is all about the exchange of ideas and civilised discussion, not violence, slander and intimidation.
‘This is an excellent opportunity to focus on the issues that are impacting the daily lives of our people, such as joblessness, rising food prices and the difficulty of accessing even basic health services. It is a chance for us to educate voters on the choice they face on 11th August 2016.”
Katuka explained that GBM won’t attend the debates ‘due to shifts in his programme for Northern and Muchinga Provinces following the announcement of President Lungu’s travel in the area. Unfortunately the party has been unable to obtain the necessary permits for GBM to hold events in Lusaka this week as an alternative’.