ZAMBIAN veteran politician and presidential candidate for the country’s former ruling party MMD has conceded defeat and thrown his support behind Hichilema who he says is poised for a landslide victory.
Mumba said information filtering in from polling stations across the county indicated that main opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate Hakainde Hichilema us headed for a win by a huge margin.
The MMD leader had earlier on said he has never seen so many young people taking interest in voting as witnessed on August 12th.
“The day we have been waiting for has come for Zambia to make determination of how we are going to move forward,” he said. “I think there are certain indicators and things that all of us have noticed today which is historic, which is obviously the turnout of Zambian voters,” Mumba said.
Mumba added that the young people’s overwhelming voter turnout showed that there is a message they want to send out to make sure they put in a president and leaders that would represent their values and concerns.
He said Zambia had risen in an effort to determine a future which “she gladly is a part of”.
Mumba said he stood in this year’s elections because he believes that Zambians deserve better and have been looking for a president that can unify the nation.
He noted that there were many threats to this year’s election but was not bothered that much anymore.
“We need to work together as Zambians to get out of this election that will help Zambia move forward. If Zambians put in a president whom they decide be voted because they like him or the way he walks but doesn’t have what it takes, it means that at least for the next five years you are suffering the consequences of your own choice,” warned Mumba.
“Bad or good but I have presented myself as president and I am very hopeful that Zambians will look at me with all the challenges we have faced in this campaign.”
Results of the August 12 elections are still being collated but some polling stations have finished the count and collation of the votes, according to media in Zambia. □