Two opposition political parties, independent Members of Parliament (MPs) and high profile individual politicians have thrown their weight behind UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema, ahead of the January 20, 2015 presidential by election.
The two opposition political parties are the Alliance for Development and Democracy (ADD), through its president, Charles Milupi and selected MMD Members of Parliament, led by Felix Mutati and independent MPs while high profiled politicians included former MMD Commerce, Trade and Industry Minister Dipak Patel and Former Prime Minister Malimba Masheke in the UNIP government.
Speaking on behalf of the MMD and independent members of parliament, Lunte MMD MP, Felix Mutati, disclosed that the Members of Parliament decided to come together and choose a party that will unit Zambians and move the country forward hence the decision to support UPND.
He said Zambia needs a leadership that will help improve the welfare of the people and not investing in mere promises.
Mr Mutati stated that the UPND was a better party to deliver the development that will change the course of the nation.
He implored the UPND faithfuls to go out and encourage Zambians to turn out in large numbers on the 20th of January 2015.
Meanwhile, UPND President, Hakainde Hichilema, says the party has made head ways in PF strong holds.
Mr Hichilema cited the Copperbelt as one of the provinces that the party has penetrated.
He disclosed during the press conference in Lusaka today that he was overwhelmed with the reception he received during the tour of the Cooperbelt province.
And the UPND leader has implored ZNBC to give fair coverage to political parties participating in the presidential by election.
He explained that ZNBC is a public media which should encompass all political parties in its coverage.
Mr Hichilema said ZNBC should help people to make independent decision of which party they will support by giving coverage to all parties.
He implored the cooperation not to tolerate the behavour exhibited by Minister of Youth and Sport, Chishimba Kambwili last week when he stormed ZNBC newsroom and directed removal of opposition stories from the news bulletin and threatened journalists with dismisal.