President Edgar Lungu has said that he does not want to enter into a political pact with a divided MMD party.
Speaking to journalists shortly after disembarking from the Presidential Challenger Jet form the African Union Summit, President Lungu said that said he wants to enter into the Presidential race with a united MMD party.
President Lungu said he is more than willing to enter into a pact with the MMD party.
Mr Lungu disclosed that he advised the MMD leader, Never Mumba, to put his party in order before forming a pact with the PF.
He said the two parties will have a good race if the differences in the former ruling party are resolved before going to national polls.
Mr Lungu recalled that in 2015 he went into the elections with the support a rebellious party and won the elections, adding that he does not want to be involved with a divided party.
And President Lungu has said the Public Order Act will remain in place. The President explained that the Public Order Act is the only law that protects Zambians.
The Head of State said without the public order act there will be anarchy in the country.
President Lungu said government is ready to listen to opposition parties if they offer a better alternative to the Public Order Act.
Mr Lungu maintained that government will continue to respect the Public Order Act as it is the only law currently in place.
Meanwhile, President Lunga has implored opposition political parties to read the contents of draft Bill of Rights.
He complained that his opponents are fond of complaining instead of reading the contents of the bill.
President Lungu said government wants the Bill of Rights to be dealt with before the country goes for the general elections.
He disclosed that the Ministry of Justice will soon engage the Electoral Commission of Zambia over the Bill of Rights.
President Lungu said the problem with some people is that they do not want to listen.
He cited the recently amended constitution as one of the documents the opposition wanted but later after he assented to the new constitution the opposition parties are opposing the new constitution.
The Head of State appealed to his opponents to find time and read the contents of the draft Bill of Rights.
Meanwhile President Lungu says he has been promoting peace in the country as opposed to his opponents.
He cited the UPND party as one of the political parties that have been perpetuating political violence.
He wondered why some political parties were denouncing violence when they were the ones engaging in acts of violence.
He was received by Vice President, Inonge Wina, Cabinet Ministers, service chiefs, senior government and PF party members.
The President was accompanied by Ministers Foreign Affairs, Harry Kalaba, Justice, Ngosa Simbyakula, and Gender, Nkandu Luo.
The just-ended 26th Session of the Assembly of the Heads of State and Government of the African Union was under the theme “The African year of human rights with particular focus on the Rights of women”