Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) Liuwa Member of Parliament Situmbeko Musokotwane has rubbished reports that he is in support of an MMD alliance with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) ahead of this year’s elections.
Dr. Musokotwane says he cannot support an alliance with party that has failed to address the concerns of the Zambian people.
He says the PF government has failed to respect human rights and the rule of law, among other things.
Dr. Musokotwane adds that it would be ridiculous for him to convince the Zambian people to vote for the PF when the party contributed to the downfall of the MMD.
The former Finance has reminded MMD members of Parliament supporting the idea of an alliance with the PF to remember how the ruling party attempted to unregister the former ruling party and accused them of dishonest when their seats were petitioned after the 2011 elections.
Meanwhile, Political Scientist Alex Ng’oma has cautioned the ruling Patriotic Front that it runs the risk of performing poorly in the August elections should it go into an alliance with the MMD with its current wrangles.
He says the MMD is suffering from ‘factionalism’ which is affecting the party’s reorganization ahead of the general election.
Dr. Ng’oma has told QFM News that the PF ought to know that forming an alliance with a party that is entangled in differences is risky, as it might affect the performance of the ruling party during elections.
He states that it is also important for the MMD to resolve their wrangles as this is weakening the former ruling party even more.
Dr. Ng’oma says the emerging confusion in the MMD where some MMD Members of Parliament are demanding for a convention should be addressed cautiously.