Zambia’s oldest and first ruling political party in Zambia, the United National Independence Party (UNIP), has today set in motion its bid to return to power after its presidential candidate Tilyenji Kaunda successfully filed in nomination papers.
Mr. Kaunda, who was accompanied by ‘victory’ chanting supports, filed in nomination papers before acting chief justice Lombe Chibesakunda at the Supreme Court in Lusaka today.
Mrs. Justice Chibesakunda, who was accompanied by Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) chairperson Irene Mambilima, declared Mr. Kaunda’s nomination as valid.
Mr. Kaunda said if elected, he will embark on an industrialization programme in order to create jobs for young people.
He said he will also ensure that Zambians access quality education in order to improve their welfare.
Mr. Kaunda vowed to enact a new constitution in order to preserve the dignity of the people.
He alleged that the current constitution is discriminatory as it did not guarantee or promote people’s rights.
Mr. Kaunda has since appealed to the people of Zambia to exercise their constitutional rights by voting in the 2015 presidential election in order to change their destiny and improve their lives.
He further appealed to the people to desist from engaging in violent acts and also urged them to campaign peacefully and love one another.
Mr. Kaunda, who is son to first republican president Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, has participated in the previous presidential elections with the view of ascending to power.
He dismissed assertions that UNIP is a family business pointing out that his father Dr. Kaunda left the party in 2000 and other people such as late Kebby Musokotwane led the former ruling party before him.