UNITED Party for National Development (UPND) leader Hakainde Hichilema has called on the opposition political parties to unite and work together in the 2016 general elections because Zambians are ready to vote for a change of government.
Mr Hichilema has appealed to the MMD, National Restoration Party (NAREP), People’s Party, the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) and others to consider working with the UPND in the 2016 general elections so that the Patriotic Front (PF) could be dislodged from Government.
He said the UPND had broken boundaries in popularity rankings and that the ruling party was going to find it difficult to maintain its grip in the Copperbelt, Central and Eastern provinces because of the alleged poor mining and agriculture policies.
Mr Hichilema told the Daily Nation that Zambians who did not vote in the January presidential election were going to turn up in larger numbers in 2016 to vote for the UPND.
He said it was no time for the opposition to remain fragmented because the PF was taking advantage of the disjointed opposition to easily manipulate the electoral system and results of the elections.
Mr Hichilema claimed that the ruling party had collapsed in Lusaka, Copperbelt and Central provinces, stating that in 2016 he was going to amass more votes at the State House polling station than the PF did in the 2011 general elections.
He reiterated that the best way for the UPND to guard against electoral manipulation and vote rigging was to ensure that as many Zambians as possible voted for the opposition political party.
Mr Hichilema said Zambians were angry that the cost of living had become ‘‘unimaginably high’’ and that many families were failing to afford basic needs such as mealie meal, sugar, bread and cooking oil.
“I am calling upon all Zambians, the opposition political parties including the MMD, FDD, NAREP and other political parties to unite and work together in the 2016 general elections. Zambians are ready for change and it is up to us as opposition political parties to work together and liberate Zambians.