THE United Party for National Development (UPND) should refuse to form government should the opposition party be declared winners in the general elections next month because its leadership has already declared the electoral process flawed, not free and fair, Panji Kaunda has said.
Colonel Kaunda said the UPND was exhibiting bad attitude towards the forthcoming general elections and that their declaration to reject the will of the people was, in fact, announcing that they were acknowledging defeat.
Col. Kaunda said should the UPND elect to reject the results of the upcoming general elections and attempt to cause confusion so that the country should become ungovernable, Zambians would rise to defend their democracy.
He said in an interview that since the UPND had already declared that they would not accept the election results, should the opposition party declared winner, Hakainde Hichilema and his group should be principled enough to refuse to get into Government.
He said the UPND would be playing double standards to accept the outcome of the coming general elections only if declared winners after they had rubbished and denounced the entire electoral process as being flawed.
Col. Kaunda said the UPND including the Patriotic Front (PF) and other political parties participating in the August general elections did not know how the results would be and it was, therefore, not correct for Mr Hichilema and his party to promise to reject the results.
He said it had dawned on the UPND that their chances of ever governing the country had been dashed by the PF and President Edgar Lungu’s performance in delivering promises to the people. Col. Kaunda said it was out of the realisation that the UPND would not be able to win the general elections that the opposition party had resorted to violence as a campaign strategy to instil fear in the electorate and create apathy.
He said President Lungu was headed for victory as Zambians had decided to retain him for having guided the country peacefully even in the worst economic and social times.