Alliance partners toast NDC Roan victory

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The opposition UPND has thanked the people of Roan Constituency in Luanshya for “putting the Patriotic Front to shame” by electing NDC’s Joseph Chishala as their new MP.

And the Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) says the NDC victory in Roan is further testimony that each Alliance member is bringing value to the Alliance table.

The NDC and UPND combined their efforts in Roan to deliver victory for NDC candidate Joseph Chishala and cause major embarrassment to the ruling PF who previously held the seat. Chishala garnered 8,665 votes to 5,533 votes managed by the PF’s Joel Chibuye to become the NDC’s first ever member of parliament.

In a statement today, UPND Secretary General Stephen Katuka said: “We wish to thank the people of Roan for putting the Patriotic Front to shame in the just ended by-elections.

“As your Alliance Partner, we cerebrate the victory with the people of Roan Constituency and the NDC.

“It is now clear that the people of Zambia are resolved to end the tyrannical PF rule.

“We further wish to thank our UPND supporters in Roan for rallying behind our Alliance Partners’ candidate Hon Chishala from the NDC.”

And Patriots for Economic Progress leader Sean Tembo said: “As Patriots for Economic Progress (PeP) we would like to extend our hearty congratulations to our Opposition Alliance partners, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for scooping the Roan parliamentary by-election with a landslide. We believe that this victory was a culmination of both the hard work of the NDC team as well as the general loss of confidence in the ruling PF and its Government by the citizenry, due to their infinite incompetence, arrogance, gluttony and corruption.”

Tembo says the NDC’s victory with the support of it’s alliance partners is a sign that the opposition should consider an electoral pact in 2021.

“As Patriots for Economic Progress, we believe that the NDC victory in Roan is further testimony that each Alliance member is bringing value to the Alliance table and that an Alliance electoral pact for 2021 general elections, with the right presidential candidate and right running mate, would be the most assured way of ensuring that the opposition is victorious and the citizens are redeemed from the current suffering under the PF and its Government.”

Tembo noted that it will be a near impossible task for any member of the alliance to dislodge the PF on its and advised leaders in respective opposition parties to set aside their personal ambitions for the good of the alliance.

“As we move towards 2021 with the Alliance project, we are cognizant of the fact that certain members of the Alliance partners may feel that the Alliance is threatening their positions in their respective political parties. However, as leaders, in our quest to reassure our members that their positions within our respective political parties are secure, we must tread carefully so as not to indirectly undermine the Alliance, which would only be to the benefit of our opponents in the ruling PF who would only be too happy to see the Alliance weakened.

“As Patriots for Economic Progress, it is our considered view that it would be very difficult for any of the opposition political parties to single-handedly beat the ruling PF in 2021. Therefore, instead of members of any political party jostling for positions in an imaginary future Government which might never materialize, at the expense of opposition unity, each opposition political party must focus on how best to create and strengthen ties and synergies with fellow opposition political parties in preparation for a more robust showdown against the PF in 2021.

“Given the extent to which the ruling PF have damaged not only the economy but all institutions of governance, the drive to replace them with a better Government in 2021 is a matter of public interest. Therefore, the need for opposition unity must not be premised on the self interests of any individual political party or member of a political party, but rather on the need to give salvation to the Zambian people based on how much they have suffered under the current regime. The people are very expectant of the Opposition Alliance and we must ensure that we do not disappoint the people whether advertently or inadvertently in our quest to try and assure our members that their positions are secure in our respective political parties. Zambians deserve better and we must not deprive them of the chance to have a competent, patriotic and accountable government in 2021 because of the fear to offend the sensibilities of some of our members in our respective political parties,” Tembo said.

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