Fourth Revolution Party President Eric Chanda has announced that his party will boycott this August’s general election due to what he called political persecution by the PF Government.
Mr. Chanda complained to Journalists soon after appearing before the Lusaka Magistrate Court this morning that he has been unable to campaign because he is spending too much time at court.
He further explained that his decision to quit the presidential race has nothing to do with the K75,000 presidential nomination fee.
Mr Chanda said he is able to raise the required amounts of money for nomination fees.
“As 4R, we cannot continue stomach the amount of persecution, when we talk we are brought to court and this is denying us valuable time for campaigns. So as 4R, we will not participate in this election. Let them achieve their dictatorial tendencies,” Mr Chanda said.
He added, “I direct all members of 4R that no body shall take part in this election until the status quo changes, let the tiny dictators be happy. As young leaders we been denied the right to campaign so there is no need to participate.”
Meanwhile, the case in which Mr. Chanda, Post Newspapers Managing Editor Joan Chirwa and reporter Mukosha Funga are facing charges of defaming President Edgar Lungu has been adjourned to 23rd June for possible plea.
State Prosecutor Samuel Zulu applied for an adjournment because the Director of Public Prosecutions has not yet issued a consent order.
In its first election in January 2015, the Fourth Revolution Party emerged sixth obtaining 8,054 votes representing 0.48 percent ahead of NAREP, Heritage Party and the Green Party.