GREEN Party president Peter Sinkamba has conceded defeat in last Thursday’s elections after numerous threats that he would petition the elections if the Patriotic Front (PF) candidate scooped the polls in the first round.
During an interview on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) yesterday, Mr Sinkamba disclosed that he would accept the outcome of the elections.
He said that his main focus was to ensure that peace prevailed in the country and that he would focus on preparing for the next elections.
Mr Sinkamba warned that not accepting the results would plunge the country into a state of pandemonium.
“We concede defeat in this election so that we can avoid bringing confusion in the country. We are a peaceful party and so we want the peace we are enjoying to continue. This time we will focus on preparing for the next elections,” he said.
Mr Sinkamba advised all the losing candidates to accept defeat, soldier on as they prepared adequately to fight another day.
Meanwhile, Mr Sinkamba last Sunday threatened to petition the elections if the PF scooped Thursday’s elections in the first round, following allegations that ministers used state resources during the campaigns ahead of the polls.
In an interview with Daily Nation, Mr Sinkamba explained that the use of government vehicles and resources was illegal as determined by the Constitutional Court, and that it made it easier for ministers to campaign for the Head of State, hence creating an unfair ground for competition.
He said that the President and his vice were the only ones legally allowed to use government resources and that the ruling by the Constitutional Court meant that the President misused his authority.
Mr Sinkamba reiterated that the Head of State would be disqualified by the Constitutional Court if he won the elections in the first round.