Opposition UPND threatens electoral chaos

By Nation Reporter

THE United Party for National Development (UPND) has threatened that it will throw the country into chaos should the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) go ahead with its intention to print the ballot papers for the August general elections in Dubai.

And former vice-president Guy Scott has claimed that the people the PF fought in the MMD and defeated along with former president Rupiah Banda had regrouped and taken over the ruling party.

UPND special advisor to the president Douglas Syakalima claimed that President Edgar Lungu was allegedly forcing ECZ to go ahead and print the ballot papers in Dubai, and threatened that there would be mayhem should the commission go ahead with their intention.

Mr Syakalima said he was calling on ECZ chairperson Justice Essau Chulu to put the interest of the country first rather than that of a particular political grouping because, according to him, Zambia would easily degenerate into lawlessness.

He claimed that many countries had gone into civil strife because of electoral disputes caused by electoral commissions which had failed to conduct fair, free and transparent elections.

“We have information that President Lungu is forcing ECZ to go the Dubai way but this is going to cause chaos in the country. People’s anger can easily override the police, the army and any other State security wings and we do not want that in Zambia because all we know is peace,” Mr Syakalima said.

And Dr Scott said he had participated in seven general elections and that the August 11 polls would be the eighth in his political life and would make sure the PF was defeated. Dr Scott said he had endorsed UPND leader Hakainde Hichilema as his presidential candidate and would ensure that all the 10 provinces voted for him so that he becomes the next president.

“In 2011, we beat Rupiah Banda using the ‘don’t kubeba’ and he has come back into the PF. We are going to make sure that the PF is out of Government because it has been hijacked by the people we chased from government,” Dr Scott said.

Meanwhile, UPND vice-presidents for political affairs and administration, Canisius Banda and Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, said the PF would continue to be depleted by resignations because most of the founding members were not happy.

Dr Banda claimed that he had been approached by the PF to stop supporting the UPND because its leader was a Tonga but had refused.

Mr Mwamba claimed the UPND was spreading across the country like bush fire and that the opposition political party had become





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