Friday, April 15, 2016

Zambia: Opposition rejects move to print ballot papers in Dubai

[By Peter Adamu] United Party for National Development president Hakainde Hichilema says his party will not allow the printing of ballot papers to be done in Dubai by the Electoral Commission of Zambia.

And Hichilema said that he had no doubt that he will win the August 11 elections during the first round.

Receiving an assortment of defectors at Chainama Hotel among them former Southern Province minister Alice Simango and former minister for Western Province Adonis Mufalali Hichilema said his party was already governing from outside.

Simango is better remembered by the public for her teary show before television cameras in Sinazongwe during her reign as Southern Province minister when she went to inspect the Chinese owned Colum Coal Mine.

"We will not allow Lungu to print ballot papers in Dubai with his friends. There is already the story of Timor which has not gone but they are still here under different companies," he said.

"But let me tell you we will catch you. We will beat you in the first round kukukwapula (thumping you) first round."

He added, "In his remaining four months and 14 days I am authorizing him only three trips to make a bit of money. You know we are already governing from outside because this man has failed."

Hichilema alleged that President Lungu was championing violence to intimidate voters.

Political scientist Neo Simutanyi who recently gave the UPND a heads up in his opinion poll was among the people accorded top notch recognition at the presser.

Other defectors included former Justice Permanent Secretary Joseph Akafumba who lost elections in 2011 on the ruling Patriotic Front ticket, Lubinda Imasiku (former MP Liuwa) and some officials from

Elias Chipimo's National Restoration Party.

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