… as Dr. Kalyalya emerges as favorite for running mate position
INSIDE sources have disclosed that Garry Nkombo has finally stepped up to the plate and is now gunning for UPND Party Presidency as the candidature of Mr. Hichilema, who has been party leader for over 15 years hangs in the balance.
Mazabuka law maker is positioning himself to become the party’s Presidential candidate for next year’s elections, should Mr. Hichilema be caged for theft.
Chilufya Tayali’s revelations are being down played in the media by some of UPND members, however Mr. Hichilema’s lawyers and inner circle are taking them very seriously. Meanwhile even party’s National Management Committee don’t want to be caught unaware because 2021 is a done deal walk over for UPND considering all what ECZ Elections Manager Wina Mwanamoonga has accomplished. Hence Garry Nkombo’s warm up exercises on the sidelines.
The major fears are that a running mate must not come from outside the party, and if HH is taken out of the race by Tayali, UPND risk having a Presidential candidate who may not be a “genuine” UPND member.
NDC’s Chishimba Kambwili has been for long time now considered to be the idea running mate to HH but the recent turn of events have cast some doubt on that happening. Former Bank of Zambia Governor, Dr. Denny Kalyalya has also now emerged as a favorite for the running mate position.
Dr. Kalyalya has been pumping some money in our party operations even before his dismissal as Bank of Zambia Governor. Many “geniune” UPND members are more comfortable with Kalyalya as a running mate considering his financial muscle and also his ethnicity. In the UPND, Kalyalya is usually referred to as “one of us.”
The inside source also disclosed that “rebel MPs” who voted for Bill 10 disobeying the party orders, will not be adopted on the UPND ticket for next year’s election. “Those rebel MPs are on their own. Come next year, they won’t be adopted by the UPND. Maybe PF will adopt them.” Added the source.