THE UPND should not embark on a mission to advance an illegality by undermining constitutionally established bodies such as the Electoral Commission of Zambia and the Constitution Court by continuously refusing to recognise that President Edgar Lungu was duly elected.
In an interview yesterday, Dr Ngoma said that it was extremely disappointing that the opposition party had continued to bury its head in the sand and had refused to uphold the ruling made by all legally and democratically established entities but stated that there was nothing more to be disputed.
Dr Ngoma, who is a lecturer of political science at the University of Zambia (UNZA), said that there was need to respect the rule of law as it was supreme and he advised the UPND to start mobilising themselves for the next general elections, affirming that nothing would change the status of President Edgar Lungu or the PF being the party in power.
‘‘It is extremely disappointing to note that in a democratic dispensation where the rule of law is supreme the UPND has failed to recognise the ruling passed by the court. What they should now focus on unlike hanging on an illegality is to start mobilising and marketing their party now for 2021.
‘‘Surely for the next five years nothing will change the status of President Lungu as republican president and the PF being the ruling party,’’ he said.
He said that the people of Zambia had spoken through the ballot and results were announced by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ), a body mandated by the Constitution, a decision which he said was later upheld by the Constitutional Court.
He implored the Patriotic Front (PF) government not to be swayed by negative comments but that they should continue to take development to all the parts of the country without discrimination of who voted for them.
Dr Ngoma said that the PF should not respond to all the criticism as that would be counterproductive.