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UPND members protest over adopted candidates

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Some UPND supporters in Livingstone have threatened to campaign against the opposition party if its National Management Committee does not adopt their preferred candidates to contest as Livingstone Central Member of Parliament and City Mayor.

The supporters, who gathered at the ZNBC offices in Livingstone today, said they wanted to tell their national leaders that they are not ready to work with the people the UPND has adopted for the two positions.

Zambezi Ward UPND Youth Chairperson, Daniel Simumbwe told ZNBC News that the local party structures want Philemon Musonda to contest as Member of Parliament and Bright Hanakamba as mayor.

And Lizuma Ward UPND Chairperson Jennifer Simalila said the party on the ground will not work with people who have allegedly been imposed on them.

Meanwhile, UPND Southern Province spokesperson, Neto Halwabala has told ZNBC News in a telephone interview that the party respects democracy but that members know the right channels to use to air their grievances.

Mr. Halwabala said individuals have the right to choose a political party, but no one has the constitutional right to impose a candidate to contest a seat.

He stated that for now the UPND has made a decision to adopt Rodney Sikumba as its preferred candidate to contest as Member of Parliament for Livingstone Central Constituency, while Constance Muleyabai will contest as City Mayor.

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