VETERAN politician Vernon Mwaanga has urged political parties that will be participating in the presidential by-election to select candidates who will read the mood of the people and put their interests first.
Dr Mwaanga said political parties should select presidential candidates who will not disgrace them politically adding that presidential aspirants should put their personal ambitions aside.
“As political parties choose their presidential candidates in the days ahead, they should put the personal ambitions of individual candidates aside and carefully read the mood of our people and put the people of Zambia first to avoid committing political harakiri,” said Dr Mwaanga
He said in a press statement in Lusaka yesterday that parties should conduct clean, issue-based and peaceful campaigns.
Dr Mwaanga said political parties should avoid violence because Zambia was bigger than all the people of this country.
“It is my hope and prayer that campaigns and elections which will follow will be clean, issue based and conducted peacefully. I appeal to all those who will be participating in these elections at whatever level, to desist from violence and bear in mind at all times, that Zambia is bigger and greater than anyone of us,” he said.
Dr Mwaanga said the new President should be able to give Zambians a sense of hope, respect for the sanctity of the Constitution and unite the country.
“The new President I would like to see is one who will give Zambians a sense of hope, respect the sanctity of our Constitution, practice our national motto of ‘one Zambia, one nation’, accept the inalienable right of every part of Zambia to produce a President to embrace true democracy, give us a new Constitution before the elections of 2016, to avoid the kind of costly by-election we are about to have, level the political playing field for all political parties, deal with the Public Order Act and guarantee the continued unity, peace, security and stability of our country,” he said.
He said the next President should also assure investors that Zambia was an open place to do business and guarantee continued economic growth.
Dr Mwaanga said the new President should recognize the duly chosen Paramount Chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba people, re-open dialogue with the Barotse Royal Establishment and all other interested parties.