NKOMBO DE­NIES PLANS TO CON­TEST 2021 PRES­I­DENCY

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“I HAVE no am­bi­tion to con­test the pres­i­dency in 2021 and noth­ing is bro­ken in the UPND hence party pres­i­dent Hakainde Hichilema stays,” Maz­abuka Cen­tral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Gary Nkombo has said.

Mr Nkombo said con­trary to spec­u­la­tions that he was pushed out from his po­si­tion of the party’s chief whip in par­lia­ment be­cause he was too am­bi­tious, it was ac­tu­ally be­cause he was given added re­spon­si­bil­ity and big­ger role of UPND chair­per­son of elec­tions. Mr Nkombo who was speak­ing when he fea­tured on a Mil­len­nium Ra­dio pro­gramme dubbed “The In­ter­view” yes­ter­day, claimed that there was a de­lib­er­ate agenda be­ing driven by com­peti­tors that he was eye­ing the UPND top seat. “I do not want to be pres­i­dent in 2021, I do not have what it takes and I am not pre­pared to be pres­i­dent in 2021 and not in the near fu­ture. “I think God has given me many days and should that time come it will not be now and it may not even be at the next elec­tion but I am a politi­cian whose limit is the sky,” he said. Mr Nkombo said Mr Hichilema had helped grow the party from hav­ing about 19 Mem­bers of Par­lia­ment to 57 since tak­ing over from the late An­der­son Ma­zoka. He said more funds in the 2019 na­tional bud­get should have been al­lo­cated to the ed­u­ca­tion, health and other so­cial sec­tors un­like the mil­i­tary be­cause there was no war in Zam­bia. One of the live phone call­ers who gave his name as Moses said Mr Hichilema was not a good striker as he had failed to score on many oc­ca­sions. But Mr Nkombo in­sisted that Mr Hichilema should still be given a chance to run in 2021 and he vowed to cam­paign for him at the party con­ven­tion.

FILE PHOTO: Maz­abuka Cen­tral Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Gary Nkombo

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