THE Zambia Direct Democracy Movement (ZDDM) and 23 other political parties are on Sunday expected to launch an alliance in preparation for the 2016 elections.
Among the political parties expected to form the alliance are National Revolution Party (NRP), Zambia Democratic Congress (ZADECO), United National Independence Party (UNIP), and the Party of Unity for Democracy and Development (PUDD), among others.
ZDDM vice president Charles Kafumbo said the 24 parties were currently in Eastern Province where they were scheduled to meet all the traditional leaders and other stakeholders as part of their consultative and mobilisation programme which would culminate into gracing the Nc’wala ceremony tomorrow.
Mr. Kafumbo said the parties had resolved to go into this year’s election as a united force and would go full throttle to campaign once the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) announced the campaign period to ensure that they posed a stiff competition to other contenders in the tripartite election. He said unlike other alliances where some parties were only used to help the seemingly stronger parties to win elections, the alliance between ZDDM and other political parties were forming an alliance based on mutual understanding where all concerned parties were given equal treatment and benefit because their association was based on principle and not hunger for power.
“For those who were thinking that we shall not participate in this election, let them know now that we mean serious business and our mobilisation has already started.
Right now, we are going to Eastern Province where we are going to have a series of meetings with traditional leaders as part of our consultations and we will be part of the Nc’wala ceremony after which we will return and launch our alliance,” Mr. Kafumbo said.
And Mr. Kafumbo has warned big political parties that this year’s election will be a huge test for most of them and that they should not underestimate the power of a united pact of small parties as they were capable of causing an upset.
“We will not be intimidated by the so-called big parties because we know what we are capable of doing if we stand together. We have a common cause and our aim is to ensure that we win this year’s election and form a formidable coalition government that will alleviate the suffering of the people,” he said.