UPND, go to a convention now – Laura

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Political activist Laura Miti has advised the country’s largest opposition party, the UPND, to urgently call for a national convention and elect new leadership.

And Miti says while she believes current leader Hakainde Hichilema remains the best man for the UPND presidency, he too must be subjected to a free, fair and competitive election.

“The UPND needs to urgently go for a convention. That convention should be open, transparent and engaged. Individuals should contest for leadership and we the observing nation should be allowed to watch. Bring in the cameras. Let us hear the manifestos, the campaign speeches,” Miti wrote on her facebook page today.

“My guess is HH is still their best man for President. But he must stand for election. What is more important is who makes up the rest of the leadership. It is critical that the party comes out of that election with a vibrant, convincing leadership that then completely changes the way the opposition party does its politics.”

Miti, who is Alliance for Community Action executive director, further observed that currently the UPND is no different from the ruling PF in terms of character and attitude.

“As I have said often, right now, except at the very top, the UPND is the mirror image of PF – just without power. You get the same sense of people who want power for power’s own sake. Violent, lawless cadres who hang out of car windows. Silencing of critical voices. No independent thought. No articulated plan for Zambia. “

She added: “So HH, this is on you. Be courageous enough to call for a democratic convention. We do not want to see women dancing there. We want to hear the problems of our country engaged with. Importantly, have an independent electoral commission. The vote for every position must be competitive and fair. If you get an intelligent, committed, robust team around you, 2021 is yours. If you don’t, we citizens will find a way of creating a movement behind an alternative leader who we can believe is not leading another PF – just dressed in a different colour.”

The UPND last held an elective convention 12 years ago following the demise of founding leader Anderson Mazoka. Since then the party’s key leadership positions have been filled via appointments.

Last year, however, party leader Hichilema announced that the party had commenced preparations for a national convention ahead of the 2021 elections.

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5 Responses to UPND, go to a convention now – Laura

  1. Laura Mitti, are you able to fund the UPND convention? PF never went for such ventures before testing power – they didn’t have the money! It is difficult for the Opposition to hold conventions, without Government funding. It is very expensive to be in the Opposition.The gallant men and women who are in the Opposition must be praised for their sacrifices,of which a lot of people run away from, to join Ruling parties!

    Maano
    June 5, 2018 at 3:39 pm
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    • Rubbish! Your reasoning is twisted.

      Yenda usambe iwe!
      June 6, 2018 at 1:40 am
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    • You guys even hired a senior sangoma from ndc so called consultant but still more lost. Something is not right within the party, the entire leadership needs overhaul and the path is the convention.

      Jon
      June 6, 2018 at 1:09 pm
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  2. in my opinion there could be some lessons to learn in what Laura Mitti is saying let us read between lines and give it a second thought

    isaac
    June 5, 2018 at 4:26 pm
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  3. Laura Miti my lady you are dead right.

    Peter M Ching'ambo
    June 5, 2018 at 5:15 pm
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