UPND picks Chileshe to contest mayoral position

By Staff Reporter

THE UPND yesterday  unveiled its religious affairs deputy chairman Kangwa Chileshe as the party’s Lusaka mayoral candidate and George Muleya as the candidate for Chilanga.

Addressing journalists at the UPND secretariat in Lusaka thursday, party chairman for elections Gary Nkombo unveiled Chileshe and Muleya, and stressed that the opposition party were “quite hopeful” that the duo would find favour from the people in Lusaka and Chilanga.

The Lusaka mayoral by-election, occasioned by the death of PF’s Wilson Kalumba, is scheduled for July 26 while the date for the Chilanga district council is yet to be set.

“Today we are unveiling the candidates for the greater city of Lusaka for the mayor and also unveiling the candidate for Chilanga council chairman. I want to pay unwavering tribute to the eight candidates – four for Lusaka and four for Chilanga – who showed interest to run on the UPND ticket. It’s never been an easy process to get one among four but we had to do the process. Our council candidate for Chilanga is Mr George Muleya,” Nkombo, who is Mazabuka Central UPND member of parliament said.

He charged that the impending Lusaka mayoral by-election would be an: “Argument of qualitative versus quantitative!

“And now the big one; I call it the big one because our competitors have had in excess of 31 people running for this job. We had four refined distinguished gentlemen…. Mr Portipher Tembo who is here gave me his word, with unwavering word that despite not making it, he is still UPND and I have also got a word from Mr Lucky Cheelo Munakampe who I actually met face-to-face and he gave his unwavering support to the candidate for the United Party for National Development for the greater city of Lusaka. Our candidate for the Lusaka mayoral [by-election] is pastor Kangwa Chileshe,” disclosed Nkombo.

“I would like, on behalf of the president and the entire UPND membership, to congratulate you, pastor Kangwa Chileshe and also you, Mr George Muleya, for succeeding to be in the race and for agreeing to serve God’s people. The actual race begins now [and] there is nothing that you’ve on. We are quite hopeful that you are going to find favour from the people of Chilanga and also of the greater city of Lusaka. Congratulations!”

Nkombo further hoped that the forthcoming by-elections would be free and fair unlike the June 5 Chilanga by-elections that “fell way below the SADC region and world standards in terms of meeting the threshold of free and fair elections.”

The ruling PF, with its ‘crammed’ list of over 30 hopefuls, is expected to announce its candidate on Saturday.