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UNIP is open for discussions with any other political parties that share the same vision and values, newly elected UNIP president, Trevor Mwamba has said.

Bishop Mwamba said Zambians should work together for the betterment and good of the country. He said this on Thursday when he led a team of newly-elected members of the Central Committee in paying a courtesy call on First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda at his residence in Lusaka. ”We will be dealing with issues of tribalism and so forth.

These are the virtues that we want to work with and work with people and parties that hold these values,” he said. Bishop Mwamba said that UNIP would field candidates in all constituencies in the forthcoming general elections. He said the party was open for applications from candidates who have integrity, moral vision and the spirit to serve the Zambians in line with the values of the party. “Our strategy is that of peace and unity, we don’t want strife and we want to elevate the political dialogue to a level of substance.

 We will not be insulting anybody and we will leave the Zambian people to choose the candidates they want,” he said And Dr Kaunda has pledged his support to the party and advised the new leadership to continue building the party on the basis and confidence that God will guide them.

Bishop Mwamba who is a lawyer by profession and has been working in the clergy for almost 40 years, said he would not relinquish his role as a clergyman. “I am bringing the richness of the training and the experience and the gifts and the blessings that God has given me in the church into the political arena.

So I will continue being a clergyman and always a clergyman, I will die a clergyman,” he stated. Bishop Mwamba was elected to UNIP presidency at the Party’s 4th Extra – Ordinary Congress which was held on April 2, this year. – ZANIS

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