THIRTEEN political parties without parliamentary representation have resolved to mobilize and campaign for the re-election of President Edgar Lungu on August 11, 2016.
Leaders of the political parties met President Lungu last Friday where they officially adopted him as their official candidate for this year’s election.
The political parties, who are calling themselves the National Opposition Alliance (NOP), have vowed to conduct vigorous countrywide mobilization campaigns for President Lungu.
Chairperson of the group Edwin Sakala told a press briefing in Lusaka yesterday that the ‘‘alliance was beyond endorsement but adoption’’ which would see a long term working relationship with the Patriotic Front while maintaining their individual political parties’ identity and ideologies. Mr Sakala, who is Zambia Direct Democracy Movement president, said modalities for adoption of parliamentary, mayoral or chairman and councillors would be discussed and agreed upon with the ruling party.
Meanwhile, the alliance has condemned political violence, hate speech and character assassination against the republican President and people of opposing views which had been witnessed recently.
“Our stance as the National Opposition Alliance is to promote issue-based campaigns and walking in the light of God whereby as Zambians, we should treat each other as brothers and sisters of one big family,” Mr Sakala said.
And spokesperson Dr Dan Pule said he decided to endorse and campaign for President Lungu because he was a God-fearing leader who had been embracing Christian values through his leadership style.
Dr Pule, who is president for Christian Democratic Party (CDP), said he was convinced that President Lungu was somebody whom he could work with as he had always endeavoured to unify Zambia through the motto of One Zambia One Nation.
And speaking on behalf of PF secretary general Davis Chama, Sunday Chanda, who is deputy information director, said the 13 political parties had done what ought to be done in a democratic country.
Mr Chanda said it was ‘‘extreme ignorance’’ for UPND vice president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba to have said that he would arrest President Lungu once UPND forms government.
He said it was not an individual who arrests people but the law enforcement agencies.
Mr Chanda said the statement attributed to Mr Mwamba in yesterday’s Post Newspaper clearly indicated that if the opposition party was voted into office its leaders would abuse law enforcement agencies.
The political parties include ZDDM, CDP, New Congress Party, National Party, Citizens Democratic Party, Party for United Democracy and Development , Human Party, United Party for Democracy and Development , National Democracy Party, Common Cause Democracy , All People’s Congress and People’s Redemption Party.