THE Orange Alliance is nothing but a tribal grouping formed by individuals determined to diminish the chances of President Edgar Lungu winning the 11th August general elections with a 50 percent plus 1 percent majority vote in the first count of the vote, the Patriotic Front (PF) has charged.
PF Lusaka Province youth chairman Kennedy Kamba said Orange Alliance which is an amalgamation of the Democratic Front (DF) headed by Miles Sampa, Fourth Revolution (4R) leader Eric Chanda and Elias Chipimo of National Restoration Party (NAREP) was tribal grouping formed to divide the Bemba vote to disadvantage the PF and President Lungu.
Mr Kamba said the PF had always been preaching against tribalism but it was disheartening that Mr Sampa, Mr Chanda and Mr Chipimo had decided to form an alliance which was regional.
He said the UPND had on countless times been branded tribal but that what the trio had formed had confirmed that the Orange Alliance was advancing a tribal agenda with the purpose frustrating the chances of the PF from winning the general elections.
Mr Kamba said it was utopia for Mr Sampa and his group to prevent President Lungu from retaining the presidency because Zambians had experienced the best and humble leadership of the Head of State.
“The Orange Alliance formed by Mr Sampa, Mr Chanda and Mr Chipimo is nothing but a tribal grouping meant to divide the Bemba vote so that President Lungu should fail to garner 50 percent plus 1 majority vote in the first count. But let Mr Sampa and his friends know that their tribal organisation is not going to succeed in making President Lungu lose the elections. Zambia have seen what President Lungu has done and are not going to be duped by people whose lives thrive on tribalism and hate speech,” Mr Kamba said.
He said Orange Alliance was born out of greed and bitterness and that such an organization could not last because their core values were not defined apart from the desire to maliciously cause the PF to be removed from Government. And Mr Kamba said it was shocking that Rainbow Party leader Wynter Kabimba could share the same table with UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba whom he claimed frustrated him out of the PF.
He said Mr Kabimba while serving as Justice Minister and secretary general of the PF stigmatized UPND and its leader Hakainde Hichilema by branding the party a Bantustan political organization. Mr Kamba said the opposition consultative alliance was a platform to endorse Mr Hichilema as the presidential candidate in the 11th August general elections.