Blindly engaging into political alliances has the potential to backfire just as previous pacts failed because they we not founded on principle, Alliance for Democracy and Development (ADD) president Charles Milupi has said.
Mr. Milupi was reacting to United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema’s comment that there was need for opposition political parties to unite in order to remove the Patriotic Front (PF) government.
But Mr. Milupi told the Daily Nation that going into alliances for personal gain had huge repercussions especially in an event that the common goal was not realised such as what has been the trend in Zambian politics.
He however said there was nothing wrong for the opposition to come together if they agreed on principle.
“We have seen in the past that most of the alliances have crumbled at the time people were thinking that the opposition would provide a united front based on common understanding for the sake of national development. But we have seen alliances break down before or after elections when some parties realise that their selfish motives were not met.
“We should not be driven by an impulse to attain power; our preoccupation is how we will offer solutions to the people of Zambia whether the alliance wins or loses. In an event where people come together without proper laid down principles of what they believe in, then you know that their association is a failed undertaking,” Mr. Milupi said.
He however said his party was open to any alliance as long as it was based on principle to which the ADD could ascribe and not one that hinged on personal benefits.
“We are ready to join any alliance that has principles in which we believe in. ADD believes in wealth and job creation, economic development and reduction of poverty. If any party approaches us with the same principles that we have laid down for ourselves as a party, we shall ascribe to that but if it is for personal gain with promises of being made the vice president, minister or any other position, we will not.
“This is because we put the interest of Zambians first and so, our energies should be directed to what Zambia will benefit out of our alliance and not what Zambians should do for us if we win the election as a united front. We are desperate to end poverty in Zambia because the current government has succeeded in bringing economic mismanagement of the Zambian economy which needs to be addressed immediately,” he said.
Last week, Mr. Hichilema called on the opposition political parties to unite and work together in the 2016 general elections.
He appealed to other opposition political parties to consider working with the UPND in the 2016 general elections so that the Patriotic Front (PF) could be dislodged from Government.