Osborn counsels UPND


By Nation Reporter

BILL Osborn has warned that the UPND risks losing its relevance in zambian politics if its leadership will continue resisting change and refuse to rebrand.

Mr Osborn who is former Copperbelt Show Society chairman said the UPND should accept and recognise the fact that President Edgar Lungu was legitimately elected and start preparing itself for 2021 elections by rebranding itself.

Mr Osborn warned that the UPND risked being disintegrated if its leadership was going to remain rigid and refuse transformation and that the resignation of senior party leaders was a sign that all was not well.

The former Copperbelt Show Society chief said in an interview in Kitwe yesterday that UPND needed a new leadership to make the party move forward and provide effective checks and balances to the ruling Patriotic Front (PF).

“UPND should accept the results of the August 11 elections and it should now look inwards and rebrand itself in order to establish itself as a viable and relevant opposition party.

“After rebranding itself, it should look forward to 2021 elections but if it continues the way things are moving in the party, they may go into oblivion without realising it. The UPND needs a new leadership to make the party move forward and provide effective checks and balances to the ruling PF,” Mr Osborn said.

He said, after the August 11 elections, Zambians should promote peace and unity so that they could work together in addressing the various challenges and problems facing the country.

Mr Osborn said it was important that Zambians, regardless of political, religious and tribal affiliations joined efforts in developing various sectors of the economy to achieve economic recovery and national development. Mr Osborn also said he was hoping that the new ministers who President Edgar Lungu had appointed to Cabinet would come up with new ideas which would contribute to national development.

He said, so far, the men and women who have been appointed into the Cabinet were promising, but that they needed time to settle down to see how they would perform.

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