THE Christian Democratic Party (CDP) has predicted that President Edgar Lungu will win the 2016 general elections because he has demonstrated unmatched leadership qualities coupled with his determination to unite and develop the country.
CDP president Dan Pule said Zambians were enjoying peace and tranquility under President Lungu and those creating a perception that the country is ungovernable are enemies of peace and unity.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Dr. Pule wondered why some sections of society wanted to dent the image of President Lungu when the Head of State had done a lot to ensure that there was peace and unity in the country.
He said the country under President Lungu had improved its image in the region and at the international level and that the country was attracting a lot of investors.
“Under President Lungu Zambia has enjoyed peace and that is why I am saying that out of all political contenders President Lungu has a better chance of winning the election next year,” he said.
Dr. Pule said Zambia was not in a crisis as portrayed by some politicians, who he said were insinuating that the country was ungovernable.
He said some opposition political parties were criticising President Lungu because they were bitter after losing the January election this they thought they should have won.
“Talking about a crisis in this country is a figment of these politicians’ imagination. There is no crisis in this country; there is no trouble in this country. People are not in trouble under President Lungu and actually they are enjoying peace and stability,” said Dr. Pule.
He said that all political players must realise that Zambia had a President who was elected by the people and all presidential candidates that lost must realise that President Lungu won fairly and needed to be supported.
Dr. Pule said there was no vacuum in the presidency of the country adding that those using strong language against President Lungu were bitter and unreasonable in their conduct.
He said that it was shocking that some individuals wanted to paint the PF and Zambia black because of the hate they habour against President Lungu.
“Remember that this country is divided into two regions, South West and North-East, I know that some people are scared to say it but I just have to talk about it, and some of us have realised that next year there will be need for consolidation and as CDP we think the best team to work with is the team that promotes unity and peace and that will win the election and the best option is the PF because it has shown that,” he said.
He said that he was concerned about some sentiments being expressed by some of the members of the United Democratic Front.
Dr. Pule said President Lungu must be given enough time to govern and those that believe in democracy respect the decision of the people.
“I believe that President Lungu must be given enough time to govern, he has only been in government for five months and you cannot expect many things to change. Already there have been things that he has done well such as the reduction in mealie meal, fuel, competition of roads and the peace that he has maintained for the people of Zambia to enjoy.” Dr. Pule also censored All People’s Congress Party president Nason Msoni saying he should tone down and choose the best way of communicating with the leadership.