January 01, 2019
Whilst the Opposition alliances are healthy in a democracy as they provide effective checks and balances to Government, the recently formed alliance of ten opposition political parties was conceived out of the selfish desire to wrestle power from a democratically elected PF Government.
We, a consortium of political parties and non-governmental organizations, have noted with concern how UPND is using the grouping to campaign for their sole presidential candidate for 2021 polls.
We have also noted how leaders of the said alliance are proud and puffed up with desperation for power that holds the potential to fan chaos and confusion in the country.
However, history teaches that other opposition alliances formed in the past crumbled just because UPND always preferred to field their party leader as the Alliance presidential candidate.
It’s indisputable fact that the current opposition alliance will collapse because it’s driven by selfish interests, and not premised on national interest.
It’s also worth noting that the Opposition alliance, which was formed shortly after the Constitutional Court ruled that President Edgar Lungu is eligible to contest the 2021 polls, speaks volumes about the selfish motive of its formation.
It’s abundantly clear that the opposition alliance is a united fight against the Republican President, and not a fight for the well-being of the Zambian people as its leaders claim.
It’s also unfortunate that the opposition alliance has continued to use vulgar and crude language against the Republican President.
Further, the said politicians’ penchant for inciting Zambians to rise against their elected Government is a recipe for chaos and anarchy, and inciting people to rise against an elected Government is tantamount to breach of peace.
We strongly urge the Zambian people to dismiss the said alliance as UPND’s strategy to use the platform to campaign for their preferred 2021 sole presidential candidate.
1. ZAMBIAN DNA
2. MEDIA ELECTION MONITORING PROJECT (MEMP)
3. MOVEMENT FOR ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT AND DEMOCRACY (MEED)
4. BATTLE CRY ZAMBIA
5. NETWORK FOR YOUNG PEOPLE AGAINST VIOLENCE
6. NEW CONGRESS PARTY
7. CITIZENS’ DEMOCRATIC PARTY