‘UPND Fears Losing Elections’

Evangelical Youth Alliance President Moses Lungu believes the forthcoming coming elections will be peaceful if the major opposition, United Party for National Development(UPND) does not cause alarm arising from fear of losing the polls.

Rev Lungu

And Rev Lungu says it was wrong for Former Lusaka Diocese Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu to issue a negative statement that the forthcoming elections will be bloody.

Giving his thought on the forthcoming coming elections, Rev Lungu urged the major opposition UPND not to base their popularity on wrong research source such as crowds they are pulling in rallies as it could have a devastating impact if the outcome of the polls go otherwise.

” Don’t make assumptive claims that you are very popular when in the actual fact, you are not. Don’t judge on the basis of wrong research sources such as rallies that you are going to win an election. To be factual, get to the people, by directly involvement or using your proxies and creating a mechanism, a questionnaire that gives you the satisfaction that you are everywhere and your election has been stolen or you have just been defeated. Otherwise, if they fail to do what is is correct, it is wrong to start threatening the people of Zambia because they are people who don’t participate in these elections like the Jehovah’s Witnesses. So, you are not popular because non of the Watchtowers supports either opposition or ruling party,” he said.

Rev Lungu bemoaned that the major opposition has shown a lot of resistance to the electoral reforms that started a long time ago.

“There are a lot things at play. There are many changes in reforms. Now, you find that people who are supposed to embrace the changes in the electoral reforms that were started a long time ago, apparently because maybe their interests are not well carted for, have shown resistance particularly, this resistance is from the major opposition political party. This resistance is influenced by fear and the fears come in play when you are not very sure that you have sold yourself enough to the Zambian people to elect you. We need those reforms and if one demands to be very popular, let them implore mechanism that will give them the transperacy about elections and electing the leaders as opposed to crying foul when you are not for example in Chavuma where people are voting,” the Clergyman said

He said there is no need to threaten anyone ahead of the polls.

“The PF Government is not going to kill the Zambian people. In fact, the PF Government is not against citizens that are free and going about their lives, abiding by the laws of the country and paying taxes. Those are darling to Government but those that rebel for the sake of them being in power will have very serious challenges.

And Rev Lungu took a swipe at Former Archbishop of Lusaka Telesphore Mpundu.

“Clergymen have come on board like the former Archbishop of Lusaka Telephore Mpundu, threatening that it will be a bloody election. that is very wrong. In the first place as a Man of God, he is supposed to advocate for peace and even where you have seen blood, you should interceed for peace. This is why God allows us(clergymen) to participate in politics because we are the salt of the world. We are the light of the world.
So, we need to provide light,” he said.

And Rev Lungu urged Zambians to embrace the growing democracy

“It is about time we stood up and defended our cultural values. We need to defend our democracy, it is a growing democracy. After all, we are just 56 years of independence. I have always asked myself, were was China at 56, it was in dark ages, just like we are. Some people have talked about Korea, when did South Korea get their independence?” he said.

 

There are a lot things at play, there are many changes… Now, you find that people who are supposed to embrace the changes in the electoral reforms that were started a long time ago, apparently because maybe their interests are not well carted for, they have shown resistance. This is resistance is particularly from the major political party. This resistance is influenced by fear and the fears come in play when you are not very sure that you have sold yourself enough to the Zambian people that they can elect you. We need those reforms and if one demands to be very popular, let them implore mechanism that will give them the transperacy about elections and electing the leaders as opposed to crying foul when you are not for example in Chavuma where people are voting. It is just a sheer waste of time on the opposition political parties. Anyone who has power, will do anything to protect their power. They are not going to kill the Zambian people. In fact PF is not against citizens that are free and going about their lives, abiding by the laws of the country and paying taxes. Those are darling to Government but those that rebel for the sake of them being in power will have very serious challenges. There is no need to threaten anybody. Clergymen have come on board like the former Archbishop of Lusaka Telephore Mpundu, threatening that it will be a bloody election, that is very wrong. In the first place as a man of God, he is supposed to advocate for peace and even where you have seen blood, you should interceed for peace. This is why God allows us to participate in politics because we are the salt of the world, are the light of the world. So we need to provide light.

I think it is about time we stood up and defend our cultural values. We need to defend our democracy, it is a growing democracy. After all we are just 56 years of independence. I have always asked myself, were was China at 56, it was in dark ages, just like we are. Some people have talked about Korea, when did South Korea get their independence?

Reacting to Former Archbishop of Lusaka Telesphore Mpundu’s remarks that the forth coming elections will be bloody, Reverend Lungu said peace will prevail in the polls if the opposition does not