Opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has justified his decision to settle for his vice president for administration Geoffrey Mwamba as his running mate.
UPND President Hakainde Hichilema
Mr. Hakainde says party constitution gives him the power to choose whomever he wants to be his running mate adding that he cannot explain further why he has picked Mr. Mwamba.
He says for the fact that there can only be one presidential candidate there can only also be one running mate at a given time.
Mr. Hichilema notes that this does not however mean that his vice president for political affairs Canisius Banda is not good enough.
He has told Qfm News by telephone that there are in fact many people in the UPND that qualify to be his running mate apart from Dr. Banda.
Mr. Hichilema believes that if anyone was in his shoes one would have picked on a running mate that works as hard as he does as a presidential candidate.
He says this is especially that being a running is not a pleasure job.