Patriotic Front Nchanga Member of Parliament Wylbur Simuusa says the ruling party’s chances of winning the 2016 elections will depend on how it deals with the current economic challenges facing the country.
In an interview with Qfm News, Mr. Simuusa has cited the power deficit and the volatility of the Kwacha as some of the issues which the PF must deal with.
Mr. Simuusa notes that the PF government is in control as far as infrastructure development is concerned, but that it also needs to start listening to the people.
He says this means that the government has to adopt a less-talk-and-more-action approach to dealing with challenges that the country is currently going through.
Mr Simuusa has also noted the need for the PF to transform itself from being a draconian government to one with a human face which explains issues to the people.
He thinks that in this way the PF government will be showing to people that it understands what they are going through and is doing something to improve the situation.
He states that the foundation upon which PF was founded gives the party a higher chance of bouncing back to power in 2016.
Mr. Simuusa adds that the PF already has an advantage to win the 2016 general election because it is the party in government.
But Political Analyst Alex Ng’oma believes the current prevailing economic challenges in the country will not have a bearing on next year’s general election.
Dr. Ng’oma also notes that it is too early to determine which political party will win the 2016 elections.
He says while people will be concerned and apprehensive especially that cost of living has gone up, they will be cautious when it comes to voting in the 2016 elections.
But Works and Supply Minister Yamfwa Mukanga says the ruling party has better chances of winning the 2016 general election despite the current economic challenges the country is facing.
Mr. Mukanga says Zambians have confidence in the ruling party owing to the massive infrastructure development taking place around the country.