The Patriotic Front lacks willingness to listen to divergent views and that will cost them greatly in 2016, Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi has said.
Mr. Milupi said in an interview in Lusaka that the prevailing high poverty levels and unbearable cost of living in Zambia was the hallmark of PF’s bad rule.
He said the PF would wallow in self pity after losing the 2016 general elections because of its failure to live up to its campaign promises.
The ADD president observed that whatever the PF was doing, it was setting up a system of self falling and working against the electorates.
“That is why we say that the people of Zambia will always emerge winners to many issues of this nature,” said Mr. Milupi.
And FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said Zambia’s economy had collapsed under the PF leadership.
Mr. Mwanza said the recent increase in electricity tariffs meant that poor Zambians were living at the mercy of the few rich politicians in government.
“The Zambian economy has collapsed. It needs serious redemption. Zambians must know that President Michael Sata has failed to run the country. The PF does not care what happens to the poor people because it only supports rich people,” said Mr. Mwanza.
He said the increase in electricity tariffs would make life unbearable for both individuals and business entities, adding that in some cases companies would close down.
Mr. Mwanza said Zambian workers would lose their jobs because some companies would not afford the new electricity tariffs.
“This is because of having a leadership which has no vision. It is clear now that President Sata had no vision on how to run the country. We have advised him to get rid of some of his top government officials because of their UNIP way of understanding the economy which will take the country nowhere,” he said.
Mr. Mwanza has since urged Zambians to remain focused and resolute by voting for a better government in 2016 which would consider their needs.