Zambian president seekssopposition pact

2016-01-28 11:55
File: AFP

File: AFP

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Lusaka - Zambian President Edgar Lungu revealed on Wednesday that he was seeking a pact with the country's official opposition in order to secure victory in the upcoming presidential elections, The Post newspaper has reported.

While addressing members of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party in Chipata, Lungu disclosed that he had made a personal phone call to the opposition Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) leader, Nevers Mumba, to propose the idea of a pact between the two parties ahead of elections on August 11.

Lungu said the MMD had always worked with the ruling party and would, thus, be a good option as a "cousin party".

According to Lusaka Times report, Lungu also called on members of his party for co-operation, urging them to work closely with MMD members in order to create a cohesive working environment.

The revelation has drawn a lot of criticism, with some opposition members describing Lungu's utterances as a betrayal to his supporters, The Post reported.

Speaking during an interview, Joseph Malamba, Luapula Province chairperson for the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD), said by bringing in members of the MMD, Lungu was "distorting" the efforts of PF supporters.

Malamba accused Lungu of diverting former president Michael Sata's vision for the nation.



Read more on:    pf  |  mmd  |  edgar lungu  |  michael sata  |  zambia  |  southern africa

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.