Zambia: Hichilema Confirms Participation in Presidential Debate, GBM Chickens Out

Prospective voters will have a peek into the calibre of the candidates for running mate when they face off a live Muvi Television live debate.

The debate will be a precursor to the debate that will bring presidential candidates face to face on August 4 at the Mulungushi International Conference Centre.

Muvi TV has organized the debates in conjunction with the BBC Media Action with the debate running from 17:00 to 21 hours.

The focus will be on the United Party for National Development candidate Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba whose sharp tongue has often brought him in collision with the law with the Patriotic Front flag bearer Inonge Wina to take the spotlight if she attends.

Rainbow Party’s Dr Cosmas Musumali may be in very familiar terrain propagating his party’s socialist agenda.

UPND ISSUED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT TWO DAYS AGO

OFFICIAL STATEMENT

HH Confirms Debate Attendance

We are pleased to confirm that UPND presidential candidate Mr. Hakainde Hichilema is set to participate in the live presidential debate on Muvi TV scheduled for 4th August.

Mr. Hichilema has welcomed the opportunity to join the proceedings, commenting:

“This is an chance for us candidates to lead by example and show that competition in a democracy is all about the exchange of ideas and civilised discussion, not violence, slander and intimidation.

This is an excellent opportunity to focus on the issues that are impacting the daily lives of our people, such as joblessness, rising food prices and the difficulty of accessing even basic health services. It is a chance for us to educate voters on the choice they face on 11th August 2016.”

Regrettably, UPND Vice-President for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) will not be attending the running mate debate on 26th July at 1800. This is due to shifts in his programme for Northern and Muchinga Provinces following the announcement of President Lungu’s travel in the area. Unfortunately the party has been unable to obtain the necessary permits for GBM to hold events in Lusaka this week as an alternative.

Source: Zambia Reports.