NATIONAL Restoration Party secretary general Ezra Ngulube says only a genuine political alliance can dislodge the Patriotic Front. In an interview on Monday, Ngulube observed that the continued segmentation of opposition political parties would continue giving a leverage to the ruling PF to continue holding on to power.
He said there was need for opposition political parties to put the interest of the nation above self-interest.
“We have noted that there are these calls from concerned stakeholders for opposition political parties to form an alliance in order to dislodge the Patriotic Front from power. And our take as NAREP is that a political alliance should not just be formed for the purpose of a general election. This is because we have learnt that in Zambia these alliances end the moment a general election is over. And as NAREP, we went into alliance with Miles Sampa’s political party and comrade Eric Chanda, which came to be known as Orange Alliance. What happened with the Orange Alliance after the general elections is in public domain. It was not sustained because our colleagues decided to pursue their personal endevours. So in Zambia, most political alliances have just been marriages of convenience,” Ngulube said.
“If we want to stage a protest over the procurement of fire tenders, for instance, why should only four political parties stage a protest? Why should the UPND or NDC get a police permit as a lone opposition political party to stage a protest over matters affecting the majority citizens in the country? We should be doing some of the things collectively in order to have strong solidarity. There is need for opposition political parties to put the interest of the nation above self-interest, above self-ambition. There can only be one Republican President at a time. Only a genuine political alliance can dislodge the Patriotic Front. And if opposition political parties continue being segmented, we are giving an advantage to the ruling PF to continue holding on to power.”
Ngulube called on opposition political parties to start engaging in effective communication amongst themselves in order for them to understand each other’s political ideologies and, subsequently, start working in solidarity.
“If opposition political parties were communicating effectively, we could have just fielded in one independent candidate for the Lusaka mayoral by-election. Can you imagine what impact our campaigns were going to have when president Elias Chipimo, NDC consultant Chishimba Kambwili, UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and other opposition political leaders could stand on one platform to campaign for one candidate? We can even avoid the splitting of votes,” he said. “We need to start working in solidarity.”