The desperation for power in Zambia is truly frightening. My biggest worry is that many people will suffer if those seeking power so desperately will ascend to power, they are so intense and determined that any opposition is seen as a stumbling block.

The worst part of the matter is that these elections are hardly free and fair because we all know that one party has a block vote compared to the other provinces which are likely to split votes among many candidates from different parties.

You can be rest assured that the UPND, FDD and indeed PF will get seats in all the remaining nine provinces but only one party will get seats in one province.

This means that voting is not on the basis of competence and ability of the Presidential candidate but rather on his origin. This is wrong because all the other nine provinces will be voting for the most competent person.

The secret pact that is being planned is obviously intended to make the scale even more unfair by offering bribes to small parties and NGOs to vote for a candidate who will already have an inbuilt regional vote. Serious conflict will come to pass if this eventuality occurs because many people will not accept such an outcome that is evidently not based on choosing the best candidate.

Oswald Zimba.


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