The Patriotic Front (PF) has been accused of preparing for a snap election and is taking advantage of the confusion in the MMD and lack of cohesion to ambush the opposition political parties with impromptu elections and obviate the 2016 general elections.
Opposition political parties have charged that the current national mobilization by PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba who has been traversing the country was a campaign scheme to prepare for snap elections and prevent opposition political parties from mobilizing by using the police and the Public Order Act.
But UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema has said the opposition was aware of the schemes and has predicted that the PF would suffer the shock of their lives because the ruling party in its current state was incapable of winning any election.
“We warned Zambians last year that the PF was scheming to illegally elongate their stay in power to 2019. But citizens are angry with the PF and if they are planning to ambush the opposition, let them know that we are ready. The PF have angered workers and many have been victims of mass dismissals. They have angered the church, the civil society organisations, students and traditional leaders. They will not cheat Zambians ever again and unless they are also planning to rig the elections, they have no chance of winning any election in this country,” Mr Hichilema said.
According to sources, President Sata’s age and health, the 90 days debacle, Ten Commandments breach, failed constitution process, workers revolts, violent PF cadres and nauseating arrogance have caused the ruling party lose to its popularity and has carefully planned to bring the 2016 general elections forward and campaigns have already gathered storm.
The source said the ruling party is also suffering from a simmering split apart from the fear of UPND growing popularity, the realization that it had fallen out of favour with the traditional leadership and having lost their allergy to corruption within 90 days were among other reasons the PF was considering early elections.
The Daily Nation has been informed that the lie over Barotse Agreement of 1964, the fear of the 50+1 percent and running mate clause in the new constitution, the Sylvia Masebo Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) tribunal and Justice Lombe Chibesakunda saga had threatened the PF power beyond 2016 and hence the need for early elections.
Other fears that have necessitated the consideration of early elections are tribalism in government jobs especially in the diplomatic service and the Kwacha free fall, lack of jobs, delayed salaries and growing poverty.
But Mr Hichilema said Zambians were angry and were ready to correct the mistake they made in 2011 because their hope of a better Zambia under PF had melted away in their face.
Mr Hichilema said the UPND was aware that the PF was planning to call for early elections recalling that he warned Zambians last year that the ruling party was planning to elongate their stay in power to eight years.
And Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ) president Father Frank Bwalya has said the opposition was aware of the maneuvers that the PF was scheming to illegally extend its stay in power to 2019 by calling for early elections.
Fr Bwalya said the PF had realized that their popularity had drastically plummeted and could easily lose the scheduled 2016 general elections following the mediocre performance in the governance of the country.
“This desperation for the PF to call for snap elections is as a result of having realized that the political pendulum is swinging far off the ruling party. The PF no longer enjoys the support of the Zambian people and various stakeholders whose independent activities gave popularity to PF as the alternative,” Fr Bwalya said.
“To start with, this person is accused of being responsible for the failures of PF, and that he is stingy, arrogant and uncouth in the matter he deals with people.