The United Party for National Development (UPND) has joined in calling on Patriotic Front President Edgar Lungu to step down from his ministerial positions ahead of the presidential election next week.
The Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) has written to the Electoral Commission of Zambia Chairperson over Mr. Lungu’s continued holding his ministerial position ahead of the presidential election.
UPND Campaign Manager Dipak Patel says if Mr Lungu steps down it would undoubtedly be a positive gesture for boosting public confidence in the election process ahead of polling day.
Mr. Patel says the UPND finds it incredible that with one week to go, Mr. Lungu is still in his positions as Minister of Justice and Minister of Defense.
Mr. Patel says it appears the PF President is unwilling to relinquish these positions even for a week, despite the fact that he is campaigning full time and as such cannot be fulfilling his official functions.