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I want to run for the presidency says Maureen Mwanawasa

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Maureen Mwanawasa

Zambia’s former First Lady, Maureen Mwanawasa has disclosed that she has strong ambitions to contest for the presidency.
And Maureen who is widow to late president Levy Mwanawasa says she would take up a job under the ruling Patriotic Front if appointed by President Michael Sata.
Asked by Kenneth Maduma during Sunday Interview on ZNBC Television to comment on reports that she wanted to succeed her husband, Maureen laughed before responding that she has ambition to run for the presidency.
Maureen explained that at the moment she cannot but when time is ripe she will run for the presidency. She said this time is for President Sata noting that she has a right just like any other Zambian to vie for the top position on the land.
“(laughter)…I have always said I have political ambition but at the right time I will give myself to the people of Zambian,” Maureen said.
The former First Lady explained that she had a dream for Zambia just like other opposition leaders though she was not leading any political party.
“I dream just like Hakainde (UPND leader), NAREP (Elias Chipimo), Mumba only that I have no political party, I am just a member of the MMD,” said Maureen.
Maureen could not state when she intends to contest the presidency saying she does not know the day but that one day she will.
Asked to comment on his relationship with former president Rupiah Banda, MMD leader Nevers Mumba and President Sata, Maureen said she had no issues with the three leaders. She said she respects them and as far as she was concerned there was no difference between her and President Sata who was an ardent critic of her husband. She also chased him in Chipata when he followed the body of Mwanawasa during the funeral.
When asked if she would accept a job under PF if appointed by President Sata, Maureen who is MMD member said she would take the privilege to serve the people.
Maureen was speaking on a programme dubbed Mwanawasa’s fourth memorial anniversary that fell on 19th August 2012.


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