Charles Kakoma
Charles Kakoma

There is nothing wrong for opposition political parties to form electoral alliances to remove the ruling party from power if it has failed to deliver to the Zambian People, UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma has said.

Mr Kakoma said it was important for opposition political parties to work together for the common good of Zambians by ensuring that PF was removed from government.

He said the goals of alliances were to offer people in the country a servant leadership that would unite the nation.

Mr Kakoma charged that the PF had failed to show good leadership and character in governance and economic affairs of the nation.

He was reacting to Copperbelt Forum for Democracy and Development chairman Yotam Mtayachalo who said that electoral alliances must not be formed for the purpose of merely removing the Patriotic Front from power but should be aimed at providing alternative leadership that would find solutions for the country’s falling economy.

Mtayachalo was reported to have stated that political alliances ahead of the 2016 general elections were progressive but must be built on mutual trust, respect and realistic grounds. “Although a presidential re-run-off is expensive for the nation, it is however a good clause as the winning candidate will enjoy the majority public support to govern the country well. I have also heard politicians suggesting political alliances ahead of the 2016 general elections, which is very progressive. However, electoral alliances must be built on mutual trust, respect and on realistic grounds,” Mtayachalo stated.

He said the 1,000 supporters clause which would be drawn from all the ten provinces as a requirement for the presidential nominations, despite being costly for the majority of the parties, was good as it would allow “serious” political parties to participate.

He said some of the parties exist for economic reasons as they only resurrect during elections and disappear thereafter; adding that such political parties must be struck off from the list of political parties or should die a natural death.

Mr Mtayachalo said there was need for all political parties to work extra hard if they had to make a grade in the coming election.

He said the opposition needed to plan and strategies nicely in view of the likelihood of the presidential re-run because research showed that in most African countries which had adopted the 50 per cent plus one vote threshold, a re-run vote was inevitable.

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22 COMMENTS

  1. LT your headlines are misleading. Is this what is called pure bootlicking? Did you people at LT go to good school? By your headline, you are giving the impression that the UPND wants an alliance with other parties because its not capable of wrestling power from PF. The story is totally different. You people suck mwe!

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    • @1 KAMBWALI, YOU ARE ASKING FOR TOO MUCH FROM LT. THEIR EVERY EDITORIAL HAS GOT SOMETHING WRONG ALL THE TIMES. HOWEVER, THIS IS NOT TO SAY TIMES OF ZAMBIA AND ZAMBIA DAILY MAIL ARE ANY BETTER. IF THEY ARE ACCESSED ONLINE AT ALL ZDM, WHICH IS SUPPOSED TO BE THE BEST PAPER IN ZAMBIA, CARRIES UN ANNOTATED IMAGES. SO, IF ONE IS NOT FAMILIAR WITH THE PICTURE THEY ARE LEFT WITH MUCH TO DESIRE. THE TIMES OF ZAMBIA CARRIES UN FINISHED ARTICLE HEADINGS. THIS MEANS THAT IF ONE ONLY WANTED TO JUST READ THE HEADLINES THEY WON’T BECAUSE THEY ARE INCOMPLETE AND IN MOST CASES DON’T MAKE SENSE.

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  2. EVEN IF PACTS WERE FORMED PF WILL STILL WIN SO STOP DREAMING. YOU WANT HH TO USE OTHER POLITICAL PARTIES AND DUMP THEM LIKE TISSUE. IF HH IS POPULAR AS HE CLAIMS LET HIM GO IT ALONE AND GET WALLOPED BY PF

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  3. Lets not mix facts and fictions comrades;
    The fact is EL will win this year. The fiction is HH will win this year

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  4. ‘…the winning candidate will enjoy the majority public support to govern the country well.’ The biggest fallacy, among many others, of majoritarian democracy..!

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  5. PF Cadres dont be so sure of winning. Mind you last time we are told lungu won by 27 Pin Votes. That was before loadshedding, skyrocketing of prices for essential commodities, tribalism was promoted by PF
    inflation went up to 21% something we have never witnessed in this country. Yet characters like the buffoon Kabwili are seeing light.

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    • as your president told us how he is going to end all those issues?atleast our president is experiencing the issues which is better not mine dealer

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  6. Tiye tiye that’s the best to go.Tumbeba na tukolwe ndiye muli problem with working with others coz of wanting to be on top every hirachy…

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  7. Who will lead the alliance bitterman kalusa ? After what he has done to other alliances UDA, PF/UPND no one wants to work with him. PF will work with MMD, FDD.

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  8. If at all they intend to form any alliance, let that pact be headed by someone else not ‘Kalusa’ hh. and believe me he is not going to accept because he thinks his party is the biggest opposition in this country, alas! it’s MMD who has more MPs than upnd. They are busy talking about PF rigging elections this year but they are forgetting that nothing will change even this time around because they are always losers and that’s typical of them. Unless they change their political approach to issues, maybe in 2050 hh may win otherwise PF has done it’s homework that’s why even EL went ahead and signed that constitution.

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  9. @MIGHTY ur right ma bro HH will not accept to be led by other opposition thinking he commands alot of support and yes Mumba for MMD cannot liace with HH he can join hands instead with ECL…. and in this case ECL will carry the day come august 11th

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  10. Finally you have seen the need to work with other people. I think its too late for you to seek alliance with other parties which you have treated as irrelevant. will they trust you even if you want a genuine alliance? I strongly doubt it. Just work hard, sell your party, prove us wrong that you are not regional and then form an alliance with the voters not parties. You will need our votes as individuals during the run-off not as parties.

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  11. UPND cadres never cease to amaze me.How can u expect 2 win an election if u’ve continued using belittling language,arrogance,pride & a know it all attitude that failed to wek 4 u during last year’s election.Sober up if u want 2 recruit mo members 4 yo party.Hw can a person u insult be expected 2 vote 4 yo king of kings (HH)? Insults wont win yo party votes no wonder many progressive Zambians are seeing de PF retaining power.

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  12. At last they have accepted that HH is going no where. FDD and MMD working with PF. Going by constitution they are on Govt pay sheet. Too bad for HH. see you there

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  13. HH lied to the nation in early 2015 that the massive loadshedding Zambia will experience was because the PF had failed to run the government. We reminded HH its not good to lie against your countrymen. He even went to Eurpe like a headless chicken to lie and expose his ignorance on important natiional matters thinkong Zambiaa are stup1d. Cann HH today tell us when it last rained in his own Sourhern Province?
    What is he telling his tribesmates today who have not yet even started to plant? Is it President Lungu and the PF’s fault that there is no rain Southern Province? What will be UPND’s story now over the loadshedding? The price of oil, gold copper and other Base metals have all collapsed. Is it because of President Lungu? It’s good to be honest in life because what goes round comes…

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  14. Mr Kakoma, answer two questions:

    1. Who will be the president of that alliance?
    2. Has uPMD abandoned the infamous “2005 uPMD Doctrine”??

    Oh, and a third and a last question please: tell me which other opposition party would be mad enough to form an alliance with uPMD? By the way, didn’t you say that uPMD can win the elections hands down?

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  15. Only a fool can accept a coalion with upmd. It was with pf but bcos of selfishness it blockout. This party has a mad leader who thinkx others cant be president unless him.
    If coalion then TT shud not BE PRESIDENT he has no market choose someone else.
    U will see how kakoma and group will pullout they just want to use other parties to win election.
    VIVA PF VIVA LUNGU

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  16. Yes, form an alliance BUT only if HH is the Leader of that Alliance. Remember UDA, the PACT and HH and the loose alliance of some MMD MPs. Why doesnt HH try a new alliance with Kabimba who does not know anything else? Now maybe that would work! Or better still how about an HH/Miyanda Alliance? HH and Mulongoti, that would be one great alliance! How about HH and Nawakwi, another trial at a marriage of convinience. No, HH is incorrigible! But I like his persistence.

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