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HH backtracks on Mutati, settles for Nalumango

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United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema (HH) has backtracked on Felix Mutati and instead settled to run with Mutale Nalumango in the August elections, reports Asa Manda.

Mutati and his group endorsed the candidature of HH when they entered into an electoral pact.

The OCIDA brokered electoral pact were pushing that HH brings in Mutati and Kelvin Bwalya Fube and run with the former in the August elections.

HH agreed but the backtracking has arisen following reports of the MDC Mutati led party having paid presidential nomination fee which they have confirmed. The MDC says the fees were paid before going into the pact.

This and the way Mutati left the Alliance in 2015 to work with PF where he was appointed Minister has alot of mistrusted according to insiders within UPND.

Sources say HH feels it is not worth risking the royalty he has had from Nalumango who he appointed UPND Vice president and had assured would run with her.

In an attempt to build the warning confidence, the MDC issued a statement reaffirming their commitment to the electoral pact. They also write a letter to electoral commission of Zambia about their withdraw from the presidential race which they copied to the media.

President Lungu yesterday picked Prof Nkandu Luo a female veteran politician whose selection is seen to have been influenced with the view to get votes from the Northern part of the country where she hails from and gender.

With this development, it now cements HH resolution to run with Nalumango whose appeal is the same constituency – nothblock and women.

Unless a miracle happens today, HH will tomorrow file in his nomination with Nalumango as running mate.

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