The Grand Coalition has no voice and has lost a chance to speak effectively for the people because it is serving the interest of the opposition, UPND, says Patriotic Front (PF) Lusaka Province Youth chairman Kennedy Kamba.
He was reacting to a statement by Grand Coalition spokesperson MacDonald Chipenzi that the coalition would demonstrate alongside the UPND against Government’s decision to table before Parliament clauses in the draft constitution that do not require a referendum.
Mr Kamba said in an interview yesterday that it was clear that the coalition was serving the interest of UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and his party.
He said because of the shift from its original purpose, other political parties decided to relinquish their membership with the Grand Coalition.
“You can ask other political parties that decided to quit the Grand Coalition, it is serving the interest of Hakainde Hichilema, the interest of UPND and nothing else.
“This is why the coalition has got no voice and has got no stance where speaking for the people is concerned. If they are going to demonstrate, then it will be fine,” he said.
Mr Kamba accused Mr Chipenzi of having political ambitions and of wanting to contest parliamentary election in Siavonga.
“MacDonald Chipenzi is eyeing a seat in Siavonga and he is going to stand on UPND, it is in white and black and he doesn’t even refuse…This is why other political parties decided to quit the membership in the coalition because the purpose of forming the Grand coalition was to serve the interest of Zambians,” he said.
Mr Kamba urged the police not to tolerate violent conduct by UPND members but protect the people and property.
He said President Lungu needs time to deliver the Constitution and that he deserved the support of the people.
“The President has put it in white and black that he wants to deliver the Constitution to the Zambian people, but we should take the other route which is saying that if we can, maybe, vote during 2016 together with the Constitution which is less costly,” he said.
Mr Kamba said it was not possible to hold a referendum before 2016 because the exercise was costly and the country did not have the money to spend on such an expensive venture.