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I have no intentions to challenge HH – Nkombo

By NATION REPROER 

LOCAL Government and Rural Development Minister, Gary Nkombo says he does not intend to challenge President Hakainde Hichilema as UPND President for the 2026 elections, when the party holds its convention.

Mr. Nkombo said the sentiments by Brebner Changala in an interview with former Zambia’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Emmanuel Mwamba suggesting that he  would  be the next President of UPND must be treated as malicious and ill intended.

He said when the time comes he would be the first to nominate President Hichilema as the party’s candidate for the 2026 general elections.

Mr. Nkombo, who was also UPND chairperson for elections and campaigns, reaffirmed his allegiance to President Hichilema.

He said the same unwavering support that he had offered since the days in opposition had not changed.

He told Journalists at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the PF-sponsored propaganda meant to distract the UPND Government from delivering to the people of Zambia and addressing serious issues will not succeed.

Mr. Nkombo urged the public not to entertain the nonexistent innuendos and propaganda, adding that the UPND will only get into that conversation of having a new President in 2031.

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