President Edgar Lungu at a campaign rally in 2016. He is running for his second and last term in 2021

ZAMBIANS are the best people to give authenticity to the report that President Edgar Lungu will win 2021 General Elections, says opposition United Party for National Development -UPND- Deputy Spokesperson Cornelius Mweetwa.

The UK-based Economist Intelligence Unit – EIU – and a Zambian-based Center for Leadership and Good Governance have both predicted that the ruling patriotic front will win the 2021 general elections.

Mr Mweetwa has said the UPND will respect the outcome of the 2021 General Elections if the Patriotic Front win the election but said the decision is for Zambians who feel the suffering.

Mr Mweetwa rubbished a report by the EIU saying the party does not know the credibility of the people in EIU who wrote the report and will therefore not take serious the report.

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema dancing after filing his nomination papers at the Supreme Court in Lusaka on August 8, 2011

He said the UPND is ready to accept the verdict of the Zambian people whether to vote back President Lungu in power or to vote for the opposition Hakainde Hichilema.

“The best people to give an authentic report will be the Zambian people who have felt the suffering,” said Mweetwa.

Mr. Mweetwa said the question of power and incumbency cannot be overlooked but the final power is in the hands of the voters.

He notes that past governments like UNIP and MMD were also incumbent but people still voted them out of power despite having the advantage of state resources.

Meanwhile Mr Mweetwa maintained that the UPND leader will embrace both women and youth in top party structures if he is given another mandate at the forthcoming UPND Convention this January.

Mr Mweetwa said UPND will consider the question of Vice Presidents for the Party during the forthcoming Convention and is hopeful that any leader elected as President at the Convention will fill the vacancies in the Vice President’s office.

There have been repeated calls among the youth and women in UPND for Mr. Hichilema to appoint a woman Vice President and a Youth Vice President ahead of the 2021 General Election.

The positions of Vice Presidents fell vacant after departure of UPND vice president for politics Canisius Banda and UPND vice president for Administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, whom some UPND members feel were only courted by Mr Hichilema for purposes of winning the Eastern and Bemba vote