Presidential Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations has said there is only one Movement for Multiparty for Democracy (MMD) and its President is Felix Mutati who, with members of his party helped the PF to secure victory in the 2016 August polls after endorsing the candidature of President Edgar Lungu.
Speaking when he featured on ‘The Oxygen of Democracy’ interactive program on Prime TV , Presidential Special Assistant for Press and Public Relations Amos Chanda said there is a court order indicating that President Mutati was the MMD leader and that the other gentleman was just masquerading for the purposes of the media.
“There is a court order saying that Felix Mutati is the President of the MMD, if the other gentleman is masquerading while for the purpose of the media you can quote him but for our purpose and the law there is only one party President,” Mr Chanda said.
And when asked if the PF was in a coalition government with the former ruling party Mr Chanda said there was no coalition government but that the PF was working with the MMD because it endorsed the candidature of President Edgar Lungu.
“There is no coalition government, there is the PF government. The MMD decided that they were going to endorse the candidature of President Edgar Lungu after their convention so among the MMD members some people have been appointed as ministers.
Mr Chanda said There is a frame work of cooperation but it’s not a coalition government, but the PF government invited the MMD and some of its people to serve as ministers among them is the Minister of Finance Mr Felix Mutati.
Last week President Lungu told the media during a press conference that the 50%+1 meant that the winner takes all and that his party would not be forced into a coalition government because they had already shared power with the MMD which helped them win the election.
Mr Lungu said he was ushered into power with the help and no other party can share power with his party.
“Unless you want to change the rules you can change now, but for us here, the Constitution says 50 plus, you have made it, you can form government and that’s what we have done. We have been very inclusive in the formation of government,” he said
The President said there is no room for government of national unity in Zambia.