Zambian president seeks opposition pact
28 January 2016, 16:37
Lusaka - Zambian President Edgar Lungu revealed on Wednesday that he was seeking a pact with the country's official opposition in order to secure victory in the upcoming presidential elections, The Post newspaper has reported.
While addressing members of the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) party in Chipata, Lungu disclosed that he had made a personal phone call to the opposition Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) leader, Nevers Mumba, to propose the idea of a pact between the two parties ahead of elections on August 11.
Lungu said the MMD had always worked with the ruling party and would, thus, be a good option as a "cousin party".
According to Lusaka Times report, Lungu also called on members of his party for co-operation, urging them to work closely with MMD members in order to create a cohesive working environment.
The revelation has drawn a lot of criticism, with some opposition members describing Lungu's utterances as a betrayal to his supporters, The Post reported.
Speaking during an interview, Joseph Malamba, Luapula Province chairperson for the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD), said by bringing in members of the MMD, Lungu was "distorting" the efforts of PF supporters.
Malamba accused Lungu of diverting former president Michael Sata's vision for the nation.