ULP embarks on membership recruitment

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The opposition United Liberal Party (ULP) has embarked on a country-wide membership recruitment exercise.

Party president, Sakwiba Sikota, says the recruitment is to adequately preparing for the 2016 Presidential and General elections.

Mr Sikota, a renowned Lawyer and former ULP Livingstone Member of Parliament (MP) dismissed assertions by people from sections of society that the party structures were fallen.

Mr Sikotaa says ULP is very strong and intact and many people have shown willingness to join it because of the good policies the party has to answer the aspirations of the Zambian people.

He was speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.

The ULP leader disclosed that his party is growing and it is part of the formidable opposition to give checks and balances to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) administration.

On alleged ‘poaching’ him to the United Party for National Development (UPND), Mr Sikota availed his willingness to working with other political parties on what he termed a “common goal”.

The opposition UPND indicated that it had approached Mr Sakwiba to stand on its ticket in the Livingstone by-elections, a move which he turned down. The party has since adopted former Katombora MP, Regina Musokotwane, in the February 28 parliamentary by elections.

Mr Sikota reiterated his commitment to lead the ULP and not dumping it like other politicians in Zambia have done before.

“I have a mandate to do which is to run the ULP that was entrusted to me by the Zambian people and my followers cannot be happy with such a decision if it was to be made. So l cannot dump it for selfish gains like some of our colleagues have done before,” Mr Sikota said.