We won’t allow Lungu to manipulate August 11 polls-HH

We won’t allow Lungu to manipulate August 11 polls-HH

image image image imageUnited Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema has said outgoing President Edgar Lungu should not be allowed to print ballot papers for this year’s elections in Dubai.
And Hichilema has vowed that he will defeat President Lungu in the first round in August.
Speaking at a press briefing at Chainama Hotel today when he welcomed defectors from the PF and Narep, Hichilema said President Lungu is trying to manipulate the votes through violence and by printing the ballot papers in Dubai because he was aware that he is losing the August elections.
‘Lungu knows he is losing and now he wants to manipulate votes through violence and printing ballots with his friends in Dubai, we won’t allow that, no manipulation of ballots,’ Hichilema said.
He said President Lungu has four months to remain in office and he has ‘allowed’ him to have three more international trips so that he earns some more money before August.
Hichilema said Lungu lied before church leaders when they met to address the problem of political violence because the PF has continued attacking UPND members.
Among the people who defected to the UPND are former Justice Ministry Permanent Secretary Josephs Akafumba, former Southern Province Minister in the MMD government and PF Provincial Chairlady Alice Simango and former Deputy Minister and Sesheke Member of Parliament in the MMD government Adonai Mufalali.
Others are former Liuwa MP and Provincial Minister for Western Province under the MMD government Lubinda Imasiku.
Narep Provincial Chairperson Luka Chikani and Narep Women National Chairlady Marjory Mukuwa Mutakwa have also defected to the UPND while PF Vice Chairperson for Western Province Evans Chapman has also resigned from the PF and joined the UPND.
Chapman said Hichilema should be entrusted with national leadership because he has a good track record and pointed out that President Edgar Lungu had no track record at all.
Prominent Solwezi businessman and PF member Frederick Foloshi has also defected to the UPND. Foloshi is the owner of Food 24 in Solwezi.
And UPND Vice President for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba has charged that the PF has lost popularity in almost the entire country.
Mwamba said the PF has lost grip on Luapula, Muchinga, Northern, Copperbelt and parts of Lusaka and wondered where the PF has a stronghold.

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