CRACKS in the United Party for National Development (UPND) and Patriotic Front (PF) pact have deepened with the UPND beginning its campaign for its president Hakainde Hichilema as the preferred candidate for this year’s tripartite elections, according to the Daily Mail.
This is despite the two parties not yet agreeing on the presidential candidate of the pact.
And PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba has said it is good that the UPND has admitted that the flyers have its blessings because it has helped his party to know its partner’s position regarding the pact.
According to flyers circulating around Livingstone since Saturday obtained by the Zambia Daily Mail, the UPND has urged Zambians to join the campaign.
PF president Michael Sata last year said the country can never be governed by an under-five party or leader, referring to his pact counterpart, Mr Hichilema.
“For real change, vote Hakainde Hichilema as president of Zambia in the 2011 presidential and general elections,” the flyers read in part.
The flyers, which bear Mr Hichilema’s portrait, states that leaders that have been active in politics for a long time should rest and allow young politicians to govern the country.
“Imiti ikula empanga.Tusheni mwebakalamba (young people are the leaders of tomorrow. Rest you old people),” the flyers read in part.
The flyers state that Zambians need to embrace real change by voting out leaders that have failed to perform in past governments.
“These people are too tired and our time as voters has come to retire them by denying them a vote.
“In 2006, we all said HH come 2011. Now 2011 is here, what excuse do we have?,” the flyers read.
Read more on the UPND and its change campaign on there website here: http://ww.hakainde.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=48&Itemid=27
But when contacted for a comment UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma expressed ignorance over the matter.
Mr Kakoma said members circulating the flyers are likely frustrated with the delay by the pact to announce its presidential candidate.
He said the pact is yet to agree on the presidential candidate, but that members of the two parties are free to campaign for their party presidents.
“I’m not aware of such an event in Livingstone, but if that is the case, then it is likely that those party members are frustrated with the delay in announcing the candidate of the pact.
“They are free to campaign for Mr Hichilema, but it should be at party level and not pact, because we are yet to adopt a pact presidential candidate,” he said.
But Mr Kabimba said it is good that the UPND leadership has admitted that the flyers being distributed in Southern Province campaigning for Mr Hichilema ahead of the 2011 elections have its blessings.
He said in an interview in Lusaka on February 6 the PF has no objections to the UPND campaigning for Mr Hichilema because it now knows where it (UPND) stands in the pact.
“If the UPND leadership had come out in the open to condemn the distribution of flyers, it could have been a different thing, but since they have admitted that there is nothing wrong, then we know where they stand. I can just wish them good luck in their campaigns,” he said.