By A Correspondent- MDC-T top official, Tapiwa Mashakada has retracted his pro-Zambian President Edgar Lungu election results and said that the incumbent should hand over power to his contender if he loses the election.
Presidential results announced so far have seen Lungu trailing behind his long time political foe, United Party for National Development (UPND) candidate Hakainde Hichilema (HH).
HH is a close Nelson Chamisa ally.
HH maintains a lead with 2,324 837 votes in 128 out of 156 constituencies. President Edgar Lungu is trailing with 1,464,681 votes, according to the official results announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia chairperson Esau Chulu in Lusaka this afternoon.
Mashakada, a top Mwonzora official, posted on his Twitter handle on Thursday, saying that Lungu would humiliate HH in the elections.
In an interview with ZimEye.com this evening, Mashakada made a U-turn and said, ” predictions can be proven wrong and as in this case and I would not make any fuss about it”.
Mashakada apologetically said they would honour HH, who had previously declared that he supports Nelson Chamisa and his MDC Alliance.
” His (HH) foreign policy is entirely up to him. Every head of state has got their foreign policy and stance, which we must respect, and it is up to the Zambian interest to pursue whatever relationship they want. It’s up to them, and it’s up to their national interests”, said Mashakada.