THE Central Committee (CC) will decide which opposition political parties will form an alliance with the ruling Patriotic Front ahead of the 2016 general election, says party deputy secretary general Mumbi Phiri.

She said the ultimate decision would come from Central Committee with regards to who would join hands with the PF ahead of the polls. And MMD president Nevers Mumba said his party had not concluded discussions with the PF on the possibility of forming an alliance.

Speaking from Mwinilunga yesterday, Ms Phiri said the matter had not yet even been tabled before the Central Committee.

“We are still in talks with opposition political parties; not only MMD but we have a lot of political parties which have come forward to enter into an alliance with us,” Ms Phiri said.

And when asked which other political parties had approached the ruling party for an alliance, Ms Phiri said she could not reveal their names because the negotiations were still in the infancy stage.

“We are still in talks with opposition political parties for now; it is just the pronouncements made by the President Edgar Lungu and Dr Mumba,” she said.

Ms Phiri said the national executive will only table the matter before the Central Committee when appropriate.

President Lungu has declared that he was going to adopt a woman as his running mate in the August general elections.

He said those aspiring to be his running mate in the coming general elections should ensure they were female because his desire was to promote gender equality in governing the county.

The Head of State said for as long as he would remain President of Zambia, he was going to nominate a woman to be his running mate because the amended Constitution had provided for a female running mate in a presidential election.President Lungu said this at the Patriotic Front (PF) women’s fundraising breakfast at Inter-Continental Hotel on Saturday.

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