The Zambia National Women’s Lobby (ZMNL) has condemned United Party For National Development (UPND) leader Mr. Hakainde Hichilema for sidelining his party Vice President Mrs. Mutale Nalumango in preference of Mr. Felix Mutati as his choice of running mate.

Mr. Hakainde Hichilema is expected to announce the Movement For Democratic Change (MDC) leader Mr. Felix Mutati as his running mate ahead of the August 12 elections but the Zambia National Women’s Lobby has condemned him for leaving out a woman who has been loyal to him and the party.

ZNWL Executive Director Juliet Chibuta expressed disappointment that instead of promoting women equal participation in politics Mr. Hichilema is doing the exact opposite.

“As Zambia National Women’s Lobby we are of the view that Mr. Hakainde Hichilema doesn’t believe in women or women equal participation in politics that is why he has opted to adopting Mr. Felix Mutati as his running mate. We are disapointed that Madman Mutale Nalumango has been sidelined despite been a loyalist,” lamented Mrs Juliet Chibuta.