Foundation For Democratic Processes (FODEP) executive director Macdonald Chipenzi has commended Patriotic Front (PF) presidential aspirant Edgar Lungu for challenging his rivals in the January 20, 2015 by-elections for a medical test.
Mr Chipenzi said Mr Lungu has taken a bold decision because his opponents thought they could use his health to disadvantage him from emerging victorious in this month’s presidential polls.
He has urged all party presidents to respond positively to Mr Lungu’s challenge further stating that the PF candidate should not step aside and change his mind about contesting the January 20 presidential polls.
Meanwhile, Mr Chipenzi has condemned in the strongest terms the interparty violence which is alleged to be initiated by suspected PF cadres.
He has since urged law enforcement agencies to bring the culprits to book because violence has the potential of promoting voter apathy.
Mr Chipenzi said people have the right to freedom of expression and belonging further stating that every individual should be free to belong to a political party of their choice.