Miyanda promises to fight corruption


HERITAGE Party (HP) president Godfrey Miyanda has said he would fight corruption when he voted into power next month.

And the opposition Democratic Front party yesterday failed to find a presidential candidate to file nomination papers to represent it in the January 20, 2015 presidential by-election.

Gen Miyanda said there was rampant corruption in the country and alleged that it has even spread to key institutions like State House.

Gen Miyanda told journalists after successfully filing his nomination papers before returning officer Justice Lombe Chibesakunda that corruptions key institutions in like State House should be stamped out and that he has offered himself to do the job.

“I really mean it; I want to serve. The last time I stood here in 2011, I pronounced that corruption is a cancer which lives in State House and people thought that i was being rude or being personal,” he said.

Gen Miyanda said he would continue with projects started by the Patriotic Front (PF) which were similar to his party manifesto.

He said even if he has lost elections before he would never give up standing in future because he had a passion for the country.

“I have come with nothing but myself and my God; I want to serve the people of Zambia. If people want me they will accept since I have just applied,” he said.

Gen Miyanda said the reason why he was not voted president was because people perceived him differently because of his military background and other stories about him.

He said challenges encountered in mobilising his supporters were as a result of rains but added that it was “nice to sweat when looking for something good”.

Gen Miyanda said despite the small crowd that attended his nominations he should not be underrated because there was no guarantee that all people who were at the nomination of other political parties will vote for them.

DF officials requested the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) officers to postpone the day of nomination to tommorrow so that they could resolve the problems.

Democratic Front secretary general Namakau Kaingu told journalists after the meeting with ECZ that the party could not file papers because of the challenge with finding a presidential candidate.

Ms Kaingu, however, could not disclose the name of DF candidate to the public except the ECZ, saying that it was her party’s internal matter.

She said the challenge her party was facing had nothing to do with either financial capacity or garnering sufficient number of supporters required.

“We haven’t given out his name yet…the hitch came on yesterday (Saturday) so we want to sort it out tomorrow (Monday) because today is Sunday, then on Tuesday we can file,” she said.

“We have a candidate and I know the name, I just don’t want to tell the name. I feel I shouldn’t tell you now, it is ours. You will see it when we have filed.”

She said following the withdrawal of her party from filing nomination papers, she endorsed UPND president Hakainde Hichilema as the right candidate to win the election. And National Revolution Party (NRP) president Cosmo Mumba said he withdrew from the presidential race because he was mourning the death of President Michael Sata.

Dr Mumba, who also donated K15, 000 which was meant to be paid as nomination fee to the Patriotic Front (PF), said he could not contest the election as he was touched by President Sata’s death.