A consortium of leading opposition political parties have agreed to work together to fight President Edgar Lungu.
And the opposition parties have charged that it is evident that the PF has put into motion a well-orchestrated plan to hijack Zambia’s much cherished democracy.
The leaders of the political parties included UPND’s Hakainde Hichilema, ADD leader Charles Milupi, National Restoration Party leader Elias Chipimo, NDC consultant Dr Chishimba Kambwili, PeP’s Sean Tembo, People’s Party leader Mike Mulongoti, Republican Progressive Party leader James Lukuku, and representatives of New Labour Party and the People’s Alliance for Change.
They held a press conference at the Taj Pamodzi Hotel to denounce Mr Lungu’s governance style.
The leaders said that for the first time in the History of Zambia, a Court has legalized the holding by a person of a THIRD TERM.
“Whether or not Mr Lungu’s initial term is deemed not have been a full, qualifying term under the Court’s interpretation of the law, the reality is that he served as President for the period of that term, was paid his emoluments as such and was sworn in again on 13th September 2016 for his current term,” they charged.
They stated that the judgment opens the door for President Lungu to do so again; for him to have a third stint in office, contrary to the resolve of Zambians in 1991 and 2001 when they said clearly no third term.
“The power is in our hands fellow citizens to say once again, but this time to Mr Lungu and the PF, NO THIRD TERM, we shall not allow it. In the same spirit of the Zambian people, we shall not allow any single person to hold office for more than 10 years as this opens the door for despotism. Examples are plenty in Africa where the Constitution is manipulated so as to allow dictators to extend their rule and this is what we are seeing today. It will begin with a one year six month’s extension, then another extension of 2 years and 11 months, and so on until Mr Lungu is in office in perpetuity.”
They stated that the Constitutional crisis that now exists and is an assault on the country’s democracy of the worst kind as it brings back the wamuyayaya formula that Zambians rejected in 1991.
During the news briefing, UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema called on Zambians to support the unity of purpose that the opposition leaders have exhibited.
Mr Hichilema stated that Zambia country needs unity of purpose in the fight against corruption, bad governance and continued political intolerance such as violence and biased application of laws as regards freedoms.
“As political leaders we also called on the Nation to join hands in restoring normalcy in our country as we have done in the past years. As one voice and political leaders from various parties we will continue speaking for and on behalf of the our people,” Mr Hichilema said.