FDD president Edith Nawakwi


FDD president Edith Nawakwi says she decided not to contest the August general elections because she wants to place her vote on President Edgar Lungu.

And Nawakwi has congratulated Professor Nkandu Luo for being the running mate to a “winning team”.

Speaking to journalists after President Lungu filed in his nomination, Monday, Nawakwi said President Lungu would create unity in the country.

“I know that the President is coming back, there is no other choice at this point of time. And all of you young men and women who have the power, I urge you to place that power on President Edgar Lungu. I have looked at the list and said to myself ‘my God, this country could easily end up in the devil’s hands’ and at that point, I made a decision that the one vote that I have, if I stand, I will place it on myself.

If I don’t, at least I will give it to one person who needs to be there to create unity in this country at this point in time. I think that we need to be very prayerful and realise that any mistake turning the other way could land this country in the hands of the devil. And that is the primary motive for me to come forward and say, well this time I am not running, I need to place that one vote on President Edgar Lungu,” Nawakwi said.

She further congratulated Prof Luo for being the running mate to a “winning team”, adding that she was the best choice.

“I have known her for a long time, we were together in Cabinet. She is a very strong woman and I think the country has got the best choice that we could get at this time. You know that she is an action oriented person, she likes to work, she enjoys her work. And I think all the women should rally behind the President and make sure that the next Vice-President is a woman. And this is the privilege from our President that he continues to look up to the women to be the right hand mate for him. So, we are very grateful for this appointment. I congratulate honourable Nkandu Luo for being the running mate to a winning team,” said Nawakwi.



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