United party for National Development (UPND) President Hakainde Hichilema and Democratic Front (DF) President Miles Sampa have this afternoon signed a PACt in which the two parties have agreed to work together towards the August 11th General Elections. At the same event former Vice President Guy Scott endorsed the candidature of the UPND leader.
Mr. Sampa urged other opposition political parties to consider supporting Mr. Hichilema and the UPND because President Lungu has failed to deliver to the expectations of the people.
Mr. Sampa also hinted on other Members of Parliament that are expected to join the UPND once Parliament is dissolved.
And Former republican vice president Guy Scott has endorsed opposition UPND president Hakainde Hichilema as his preferred presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections.
Dr. Scott who is also PF Lusaka Central Member of Parliament said that he finds Mr. Hichilema to be the best candidate to become Zambia’s next republican president.
Dr Scott said that as a founder member of the ruling PF he is disappointed that President Edgar Lungu has destroyed the party by embracing MMD members.
Dr. Scott who also served as acting republican President said that he does not think that the ruling PF should be embracing members of a political party that failed the Zambian people.
Dr Scott said that he also thinks that President Lungu has failed to run the affairs of the nation as evidenced by the poor performance of the economy.
And Mr. Hichilema described the support from Dr. Scott and Mr. Sampa as a clear understanding of the opposition’s quest for change.
Mr Hichilema said that the doors of his party remain open for more other political party members to join.
And reacting to the move by Dr Scott and Miles Sampa, Patriotic Front Deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri said that PF is not surprised that former Vice President Guy Scott has endorsed UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema’s candidature in the 2016 General election.
Mrs Phiri said that the PF is ware that Dr Scott has personal hatred for President Edgar Lungu.
Speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka, Mrs Phiri said that Dr Scott should have been brave enough to resign from PF instead of just endorsing Mr Hichilema while he remains in the PF.
And PF Deputy Spokesperson Frank Bwalya has said that Democratic Front leader Miles Sampa and former Vice President Guy Scott who have resolved to work with Mr Hichilema are not political factors.
Mr Bwalya said that Mr Sampa has an insatiable thirst for leadership while Dr Scott is irrelevant to the political discourse saying he left the PF before the January 20, 2015, Presidential election.
He said the two leaders opposed to President Lungu because they were allegedly interested in the presidency, after the death of President Michael Sata in 2014.