UPND President Hakainde Hichilema has charged that President Edgar Lungu is panicking and having sleepless nights knowing he will face a stronger opponent in the August 11 general election.
Mr. Hichilema says he is at peace knowing too well that the people of Zambia are on his side after being dissatisfied with the PF government.
The UPND leader has called for peaceful campaigns ahead of the forthcoming tripartite elections, adding that there is need to heed to the counsel given by the church and other stakeholders for political parties to conduct mature campaigns devoid of violence.
Meanwhile, The ruling PF says it is too strong and organized for any opposition political party alliance to pose a threat to its wining the August 11th general elections.
PF Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya says his party does not even think an alliance among opposition political parties can last long enough to contest this year’s general elections.
Father Bwalya states that his party already knows that the issue of a presidential candidate and running mate will be a problem for any alliance that is formed among opposition political parties.
In an interview with Qfm News Father Bwalya who is also PF Central Committee chairperson for Information notes that opposition parties are well known to be selfish when it comes to these matters.
Father Bwalya states that the ruling PF is also not worried about a small fraction of the opposition MMD going to the opposition UPND because it has a bigger part of the MMD on its side.
He says this is besides the ruling PF being confident that former President Rupiah Banda will not betray President Edgar Lungu whom he helped to ascend to power last year.
Asked whether Mr. Banda has confirmed supporting the ruling PF as he did during last year’s January 20th presidential election, Father Bwalya could not categorically state whether he has or not.
Father Bwalya however notes that his party is aware that Mr. Banda who is also a member of the MMD does appreciate the good leadership of President Lungu.
He says the ruling PF also knows that Mr. Banda will continue providing support and advice to President Lungu and will standby the Zambian people who are benefiting from the leadership of President Lungu.