Southern province chiefs give HH ultimatum to state his position

Chiefs in the Southern Province have given UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema a three week ultimatum to decide the next course of action after the collapse of the PF/UPND pact.
Sources close to the Royal Foundation of Zambia Southern province Chapter disclosed to the Watchdog that the traditional leaders have assigned Chiefs Hamusonde, Moonze and Hanjalika to meet Hichilema in to have him support President Rupiah Banda.
UPND will on April 29, 2011 hold a public rally in Choma where the main speaker and party president Hakainde Hichilema is expected to cement his presidential ambitions.
The source said chiefs were of the idea that UPND president must support the MMD and its candidate Rupiah Banda, hence a three weekultimatum.
“It was not difficult for them to make that ultimatum, they just voted and said Chiefs Hamusonde and Moonze are closer to the UPND president so they will meet Hichilema to convince him to support RB, while Hanjalika will be there as an observer,” the source said.
The source said all the chiefs in the province have declared support for President Banda and it would be irresponsible to let Hichilema go against their wish.
The source said Hichilema has already been informed about the ultimatum and what remained is to have him meet the traditional leaders before his planned rally in Choma next week.
“It’s like our chiefs have already bargained for the position of Vice president and it seems President Banda has no problems with that, there has been a lot of discussions and it is chance for Hichilema,”
the source said.
Some UPND leadership in the province has indicated that the party will not rush into any alliance soon.
UPND provincial deputy chairperson John Chidyaka said for now the UPND was busy campaigning for its presidential candidate Hakainde Hichilema.

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