By Nation Reporter
Former first lady Christine Kaseba has reportedly beaten the two UPND vice presidents to become the running mate to the opposition presidential candidate, Hakainde Hichilema.
Dr Kaseba, who is late President Michael Sata’s widow, is not new to presidential ambitions as in 2014 she announced her aspiration soon after the burial of her husband, a move which was however unsuccessful.
This was despite Dr Guy Scott, who was acting President, trying all political tricks to have the former first lady lead the Patriotic Front but failed when Edgar Lungu declined to back down.
Dr Kaseba’s partnership with Mr Hakainde brings in sharp conclusion of a marriage of inconvenience as the opposition leader always disparaged the late president Sata.
The adoption of Dr Kaseba, has however raised hell in the UPND among the long standing faithfuls of the opposition party who kept the party going after the party’s first president Anderson Mazoka died.
Dr Kaseba has allegedly been picked above Mr Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, vice president in charge of administration and his counterpart for politics, Dr Canisius Banda. UPND member of the media committee Emmanuel Chilekwa confirmed this in his facebook posting.
Some senior members of the UPND also confirmed Mr Hichilema’s choice which was cemented last night.
“No more guess work, it’s for real, she will officially be announced tomorrow (today) as the UPND running mate,” Mr Chilekwa wrote on his facebook page.
The UPND adoption of Dr Kaseba completes the puzzle of Dr Scott’s resolve to have a say in the destiny of Zambia.
With Dr Kaseba as running mate, Dr Scott would properly be of influence if the the UPND won the August 11, general election.
Under the current law, Dr Kaseba cannot be fired if she became the vice president, opening doors for Dr Scott’s political schemes.