I’ll not leave UPND despite not being picked as running mate-Dr Banda

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hh manUPND vice president for politics Canisius Banda has maintained that he will not leave the party in spite of him not being picked as the party’s presidential running mate.
Dr. Banda said that the value he brings to the UPND and the rest of the Country is still relevant.

Dr. Banda said that there was a reason why he was not picked as party President Hakainde Hichilema’s running mate and that there is value in the decision that Mr. Hichilema made to settle for his administration counterpart Geoffrey Mwamba.

Dr. Banda noted that much as this decision might not be discernible by the people now, he believes that in the passage of time it will be.

Asked whether he regretted having 4 years ago turned down an offer to be a Minister in the PF government, Dr. Banda maintained that he did not regret before saying that he sacrificed himself for the sake of Mr. Hichilema and the UPND as he desired to help them form government.

Dr. Banda further said that he does not regret at all even though it appears now as if he has been slapped in the face by Mr. Hichilema.

Dr. Banda said that he thinks that each event that take place in one’s life has value and happens for a reason.

Meanwhile, the United Party for National Development (UPND) in Southern Province is happy on the adoption of Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM) as running mate to party president Hakainde Hichilema (HH).

GBM, who is UPND’s vice president for administration, successfully filed in his nomination papers with the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) on Friday last week as the party’s running mate to HH.

UPND Livingstone spokesperson Neto Halwaba said his party in the entire province was humbled and grateful to HH’s decision to adopt GBM as his running mate.

Mr Halwabala said in a statement in Livingstone today that the decision to pick GBM was a fulfilment of what members wanted in the province.

“The UPND in Southern Province is humbled by our president’s decision to pick GBM as his running mate.

“As a Province, it has been our prayer and hope to have GBM as our presidential running mate,” Mr Halwabala said.

Mr Halwabala also thanked UPND vice president for politics, Canisius Banda, for being magnanimous in supporting the opposition party.

“Dr Banda has a special place for the UPND in Southern Province for looking at a bigger picture.

“His contribution to UPND cannot be ignored and we salute him as a party in Southern Province,” Mr Halwabala said.