UPND Mazabuka Member of Parliament Garry Nkombo says his party is willing to have an alliance with any like minded party because they want to win the election in the first round.
Speaking when he featured on the Oxygen of Democracy TV program on Prime TV the opposition MP said the party is working towards ensuring that they win the election in the first round hence is willing to work with established and like minded people.
He also wondered how the MMD can go into an alliance with PF after the humiliation and physical abuse they received from the ruling party after PF was declared winner in 2011.
He said the UPND’s desire is to ensure that they amass more than 50% of the votes in first round to ensure that there is no contention after the winner is announced.
“The MMD and the PF, according to what the caller has said, are positioning themselves for a 50%+1, we would say and please read my lips, our desire is whack the PF and their dearest brothers in the first round. That is our desire. We want much more than 50% so that there is no contention. We are gunning for an outright win and if alliances come along we will be happy because the more the merrier.
Alliances have to make sense, not where the villain goes to bed with the vanquished. The villain in this case is PF, which just whacked the MMD and don’t forget that it was us in the UPND who rose defend the MMD when PF was beating the living day light of them when PF won won elections in 2011.
I have a home in Northmead and I saw with own eyes how PF burnt a store of somebody who was MMD here in the capital city, and it was HH who stood up and said, look you have won and your job now is to rule the country,” he said.
On the claims by FDD President Edith Nawakwi that his party is going round in Southern Province telling people that they are working together, Mr Nkombo said he was not aware of any such happening in the Province.
He was however quick to mention that UPND is desirous of working with the FDD if they can find a working arrangement.
“I know not of anybody who said that we are in any relationship with the FDD, loose or tight. I think we are desirous if we find common ground to cooperate with the FDD. I can confirm to you that I know not of any moves that have been made to suggest or claim that we are in an alliance with the FDD,” he said.