The ruling PF says it is still solidly intact and is confident of defending the Lusaka Central and Munali parliamentary seats whose results were recently nullified by the courts of law.
PF National Chairman Dr Ngosa Simbyakula said the PF will defend the seats if bye elections were called.
Dr Simbyakula said despite the rulings made regarding the two seats, the PF remains convinced that it won the Parliamentary seats convincingly and its on that basis that we have appealed against the High Court decisions.
“We have looked at the grounds for nullification coming out of Court and we are confident that in both cases we have good grounds to be heard. With that said, let me not discuss the matters active before the Courts considering that we have appealed against the rulings in both instances. Let me make it clear that even if we were to go for by-elections in Munali and Lusaka Central, the PF will defend the nullified seats,” Dr Simbyakula said.
He was speaking this morning when he addressed Journalists during the PF Interactive Forum in Lusaka.
Dr Simbyakula assured that the PF under the leadership of President Edgar Lungu remains solidly intact and focussed on uniting the nation and delivering on the promises made during the last elections.
“The PF has grown in terms of its numerical strength and remains Zambia’s most attractive political party with a clear agenda of what Zambia’s future must look like. We have consolidated our strongholds in seven (7) out of the ten (10) Provinces of Zambia,” he said.
He said the PF won eleven (11) seats out of the 17 seats in the recently held Local Government by-elections contrary to statement especially on online media following which he said led to some people in the Opposition celebrating that they had taken majority of the seats.
“We lost Mukuba Ward to the Opposition UPND not because of the Party’s unpopularity but because of the mismatch between the demands of the voter and a decision that was made by the local leadership. We are aware of these challenges and as the national leadership can assure continued renewal of structures in order to consolidate and redeem our fortunes in areas like Mukuba,” Dr Simbyakula said.
“We must now channel the pain and negative vibes arising out of Mukuba ward into a productive force that will energize our party; to make it much stronger and resolute in performing our current core mandate as a governing party. That was just a temporal setback.”
On the nullified seats, Dr Simbyakula said the party has looked at the grounds for nullification coming out of Court and is confident that in both cases we have good grounds to be heard.
He said the PF remains fully committed to the general economic principals as contained in our party Manifesto.
“We believe that these principles are able to grow our economy into a strong growth one with benefits trickling down to the masses. The short-term will certainly call for sacrifices such as the removal of subsidies but this is a measure intended to create a firm foundation for a Zambia envisioned under our Vision 2030.”
He said over the next five (5) years, PF will raise the standard of the party to the extent that those who have doubted its resolve to create a better life for all citizens shall wake up to a shock when they witness the fulfilment of the promises made while maintaining its status as a strong and effective Party.