Power and Politics

Ignore rumours on M’membe, Socialist Party leader not contesting 2026 presidency —Hapunda


Socialist Party (SP) Media Director, Brian Hapunda, has insisted that they will form government in 2026 under its leader, Fred M’membe.

On Tuesday, M’membe was quoted as saying that he had shifted his focus to 2031 because he stood no chance of winning the 2026 general elections as a result of President Hakainde Hichilema delivering through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF).

Hapunda in a statement issued in Lusaka on Wednesday, however, said M’membe had not given up on the race for Republican Presidency as insinuated allegedly by the ruling United Party for National Development (UPND) on their various platforms.

He described the UPND propaganda as fictitious and malicious adding that the ruling party was under panic for failing to fulfil its campaign promises.

Hapunda reminded the UPND that the CDF Projects being talked about would only be meaningful if seen and not just talked about.

“Zambians had been subjected to a high cost of living following the high cost of mealie meal, fuel, electricity and transport,” he said.

Hapunda said patients were grappling with challenges as there was no medicine in health facilities.

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“The Agriculture sector has performed poorly under the UPND because most people who were on FISP did not receive their allocations after being removed erroneously from the list,” he said.

Hapunda urged UPND to get back to the drawing board to fulfill the development they promised the people of Zambia.

“M’membe and the SP in general will continue to remind UPND on cheap mealie meal, fuel and fertilizer they promised Zambians,” he stated.

Hapunda said Zambians were waiting for medicine in health care facilities and a stable exchange rate.

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