Ndola clergyman advises PF to go back to the drawing board
A Ndola clergyman says the Mkaika constituency parliamentary by election poll result should send a signal that Zambians were interested in championing development and not by-elections.
The opposition Movement for Multi – party Democracy (MMD ) has scooped the Mkaika parliamentary by election with its candidate Peter Phiri polling in 9 054 votes beating his closest rival and incumbent David Phiri of the Patriotic Front (PF) who got 1 712 votes.
United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Reverend in Charge Albert Bowa told ZANIS in Ndola that the poll result is an indication that the Zambian people are not
interested in by elections but were instead merely seeking development.
Rev Bowa further noted that the poll results in the Mkaika constituency by election should give the ruling Patriotic Front-PF party an opportunity to go
back to the drawing board.Reverend Bowa has described the presidential endorsement debate as uncalled for.
He stated that the endorsement debate that has engulfed the PF has potential to divert it from the numerous issues that the country is facing such as sustainable development and economic growth.
“Everyone knows that the Head of State is mandated to rule for two terms, PF members will only hurt themselves through this debate”, said Rev Bowa.
Meanwhile, Rev Bowa has advised the opposition not to be pre-occupied with forming government.He stressed that the mushrooming of new political parties in the country is an indication of selfish interests from members of the opposition.
“if anything Zambia is only supposed to have 3 political parties,there are so many political parties and it is uncalled for , they have taken their own interests first.’’
Rev Bowa has since advised opposition political parties to stick to their mandate of providing constructive checks and balances to the government.