Patriotic Front (PF) president Edgar Lungu is the best to lead the transition period because voting for the opposition will create a hung Parliament with the potential to destabilise the governance of the country, veteran politician Mbita Chitala has said.
Dr Chitala said voting for Mr Lungu in the January presidential election would be the most cost effective option as the ruling party was enjoying the numbers in Parliament and could therefore continue implementing its planned programmes.
Dr Chitala, who is Zambia Research Foundation executive director, said in a statement that should Zambians make a mistake of voting for the opposition in the presidential election, there was a danger that the PF which would still remain the majority in Parliament would make it difficult for the new government to function.
He said after scrutinizing the status of the country’s political discourse, the parties and their candidates as to who would be suitable, cost effective and in tandem with reality, he had come to the conclusion that Mr Lungu was by far the best choice to lead the country in the transition to the 2016 general elections.
Dr Chitala said Mr Lungu was the best leader for the transition period because the current Parliament would soon be passing an Appropriation Act that would govern the national budget between January 2015 and December 2015.
He said from a practical point of view, it would be easier for the current Government to administer its budget outlines than any other party however clever the leadership of that political party would be.
“There are 82 PF Members of Parliament, 37 from the MMD and 31 from the United Party for National Development. To have a strong and stable Government, a ruling party or coalition should have more than 75 MPs.
This will not be possible for any of the opposition political parties other than the PF, If any of the other opposition political parties is elected, the country risks having a hung Parliament which has the potential to destabilize our country. Such a weak and unstable administration will only survive if they are able to bribe and corrupt their way out,” Dr Chitala said.
He said that because of the fears of a hung Parliament and the implementation of the national budget by a new party in Government, many observers were in support that the PF through Mr Lungu who should continue in Government to complete the transition process in the same way former President Rupiah Banda was supported after the death of President Levy Mwanawasa.
He explained that it would be easier for Mr Lungu to retain the republican presidency if he committed himself to persuade Acting President Guy Scott to announce the recognition of Henry Kanyanta Sosala as the Paramount Chief Chitimukulu.
“Mr Lungu would find it easier to win the January presidential election if he committed himself to the enactment of the new and people-driven Constitution before 2016 general elections.
The alleged impediment occasioned by Article 79 (3) is a non-issue as this is settled in law by the doctrine of Parliamentary sovereignty. Mr Lungu should commit himself and his administration to collective bargaining, fair taxation of the mines, empowerment of Zambians and good governance,” Dr Chitala said.