OPPOSITION political parties have not yet agreed on a workable alliance which will carry the aspirations of all Zambians ahead of next year’s general elections, Forum for Development and Democracy (FDD) spokesperson Antonio Mwanza has said.
Mr. Mwanza said although his party subscribed to the idea of an alliance, there was need for all interested partners to come up with the agenda which would represent the economic wish of the people of Zambia and not individual party programmes.
He said it was for this reason that the FDD would only consider going into an alliance if there was an agreed economic and social agenda for the nation as opposed to doing so solely for the purpose of removing President Edgar Lungu and the Patriotic Front from government. “Calls for an alliance among opposition political parties are welcome but the FDD will only go in an alliance which clearly spells out a clear economic and social programme meant to help the people of Zambia get out of the current sufferings,” Mr. Mwanza said.
He said his party believed in national unity and unity of purpose which must have the collective interest of the people by helping remove the current high poverty levels through creating minimum standards of life for the people of Zambia.
“It is a fact that we need to work together as Zambians to find solutions for the country and much more those that are directly affecting the lives of the people on a day to day basis and as FDD we believe in that entirely.
‘‘And if it will mean that we need to work with other political parties to come up with an economic and social agenda clearly spelt out for the interest and benefit of the people, then we shall have no problem doing that but not on the sole purpose of removing the PF because it will not make a difference without that national economic agenda,” said Mr. Mwanza.
“We don’t have to make the same mistakes because it is pointless to change government but not to change the governance structure of the country. We can’t form an alliance simply to remove PF and share positions.” said Mr. Mwanza.