THE Zambia Republican Party (ZRP) says the party is set to hold a convention ahead of the 2016 general elections in order for members to choose the candidates whom they believe will enable the party win the polls.
ZRP president Wright Musoma told the Daily Nation yesterday that it was in democratic for any party not to hold a convention before the general elections next year as that would deny members the right to choose the leadership of their choice. Mr. Musoma said time for wamuyayaya leadership where leaders held on to positions without going for intra-party elections was long gone.
He said subjecting leaders to regular elections was the beacon of democracy and development.
“As a party, we are going for a convention in December this year and if that fails, we should have it early next year before we go to the polls because we believe in democracy at party level because we believe that as a party, no one has the privilege to hold any position forever.
“Time for wamuyayaya leadership is long gone and political parties should afford their members to go for a convention to choose leaders they want to participate in next year’s election and that is what we want to do because we believe in democracy,” Mr. Musoma said.
He has however said that his party was going through financial challenges and called upon well-wishers to sponsor the event as it needed adequate funding.
“We are appealing to those who can manage to help us to successfully hold this democratic event to come on board and sponsor us. We would love to hold it as quickly as possible but financial constraints have made us wait a little bit longer but if there are those who can help us quicken the process, they are more than welcome,” he said.