Mpombo joins 2016 presidential race

GEORGE Mpombo has declared interest to run for president in the 2016 elections and has since appointed an exploratory committee to go round the country.

In an interview, Mpombo, a former defence minister and immediate former deputy High Commissioner for Zambia in Nigeria, said he would bring to the office of the president vast leadership experience.

“Being a former diplomat, I have an answer on how to repair Zambia’s seriously damaged foreign policy with countries like Nigeria. Right now I feel the PF is seriously veering from its manifesto and we are seeing incessant political somersault which has seriously eroded the party’s popularity,” he said. Mpombo said the PF had been a gargantuan resounding failure because of leadership failure.

He said the PF was the people’s hope but that “the party has now turned itself into a source of despondence”.

“The PF has suppressed the growth of democracy because what we are seeing is a culture of arrogance and impunity.