MOVEMENT for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) president Felix Mutati has called for unity between the former ruling party and the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) ahead of next week’s elections.
Mr Mutati urged the two parties to remain united as the election date drew near because the two political parties were in an alliance to ensure that President Edgar Lungu won the presidential election with more than the 50 percent plus 1 constitutional threshold.
He told the Daily Nation in an interview that unity between the MMD and PF would assure the 50 percent plus 1 vote for President Lungu in the general elections next week.
“Unity between the PF and MMD alliance is critical especially that we only have a few days to go before the polls. MMD, as a party, brings to the table a critical mass that can drive a victory for the PF next week. So we are confident that even in the last few days, if we remain united and work together as a team, come next week President Lungu will be voted back into office,” Mr Mutati said.
There had been reports that the PF has been asking the MMD not to campaign for President Lungu and in some cases, the members of the former ruling party were being harassed.
Mr. Mutati also emphasised the need to encourage voters to turnout in large numbers, especially in areas where there had been apathy in the previous elections.
“We need to ensure that people turnout in numbers and vote, particularly in areas where traditionally, the voter turnout has been low such as Eastern and Northern Provinces. We need to have a strategy and encourage voter turnout and only then can we say victory is certain,” Mr. Mutati said.
Meanwhile, Mr. Mutati has appealed to politicians contesting in the elections to accept the outcome of the elections warning that refusing to accept defeat was a recipe for anarchy.
He urged all presidential candidates to be peaceful, reiterating that there could only be one winner and that the defeated must respect the will and verdict of Zambians.
“We do not want to be visiting each other in hospitals. We want to visit each other in our homes. There is life beyond these elections, so why should we fight each other? We can only have one winner and so those who will lose must accept that and wait for their time to come,” Mr Mutati said.