PATRIOTIC Front (PF) should accept this year’s election results when they lose instead of claiming that the UPND will win because of tribalism, United Party for National Development (UPND) Chairperson Mutale Nalumango has said.
But PF deputy spokesperson Fr Frank Bwalya says there was no way UPND could defeat the ruling party because it was full of amatures who were used to losing elections.
Ms Nalumango said the ruling party should stop the tendency of accusing the opposition UPND of being a tribal party whenever they performed poorly in a particular province.
She said it was unfair that the PF did not have a problem when they recorded high numbers of voters in some areas of the country but always lodged complaints when UPND performed well.
“Why is it that whenever the PF records support in a particular province during the election it is ok with them and they say it’s their stronghold, but whenever we do well especially in southern province then we are a tribal party, that is unfair, this year the PF should accept their loss maturely, ‘’ she said.
The chairperson said it was time for the PF to find another strategy to use against the UPND as people were tired of hearing them calling their party tribal.
She challenged anyone who had seen any progress that the current government had made to go to her and point it out.
“It would be almost impossible for the PF to convince Zambians to vote for them because there is nothing they had for the Zambian people which I have seen.
If there is something let someone in any point it out to me,” Ms Nalumango said.
But Fr Bwalya said the bottom-line was the Patriotic Front could not lose the general election to UPND.
“After being told by somebody from the Grand Coalition whom they are working together with that allegation of vote rigging from them will destabilize their members. They have now started saying we should accept defeat,” Fr Bwalya said.
He said Ms Nalumango’s statement was just a way of consoling their initial position that the PF was opting to rig elections that was why she (Nalumango) was claiming that PF should accept defeat.
“…We maintain that we shall win the elections and it will be a clean game. So we feel sorry for madam Nalumango for joining a losing team that has gotten used to losing elections,” he said.
Fr Bwalya said he was aware that UPND leadership asked Ms Nalumango to talk about tribalism because she was from Luapula province.
“But as directed by President Edgar Chagwa Lungu we have refused to engage UPND on the issue of tribalism. It is a strange topic for us but if they want to continue talking about tribalism, they are free to do so,” Fr Bwalya said.