THE Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) says it is going to hold its national convention before the 2016 general elections at which it is going to elect its party president who would eventually be adopted as its presidential candidate.
FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said the opposition political party was preparing for its convention before the 2016 general elections and that it did not need to be reminded by the Patriotic Front (PF) over its internal democracy.
Mr Mwanza said his party had already started holding elections at the lower organs of the party which he said would culminate into a national convention before the general elections next year.
He told the Daily Nation that FDD believed in internal democracy and that he found it difficult accept a lecture on democracy from the ruling party which he accused of having failed to pass the test of intra-democracy.
Mr Mwanza stated that there was pandemonium at the PF general conference last year because too many people were aspiring to take over from former president Michael Sata, recalling that the ruling party ended up with two conventions with two party presidents.
He said the FDD was ready for the general elections next year and claimed that Zambians had made up their minds to vote for a female president in the name of Edith Nawakwi.
He explained that the FDD leader had proved that she would make a good president as a mother and that the majority of Zambians were resolved to have the FDD leader the first female head of state.
“Each and every political party has its own constitution and as the FDD we respect our constitution and will be going for the convention before the 2016 general elections. The process of our convention has already started and we have been having elections at the lower organs of our party which will culminate into a national convention. So we find it difficult to have a lecture from the PF secretary general Davis Chama who in himself does not believe in the tenets of democracy,” Mr Mwanza said.
He said the FDD has had a robust recruitment exercise that a lot of Zambians were joining the party because they had realised that Ms Nawakwi was providing hope for the future of the country and the welfare of the people.
Mr Mwanza complained that the FDD and its leader had completely been blacked out in all public media houses and that if the ruling party believed in democracy which encouraged free Press, it should have allowed the media houses to cover all political parties.