FFTUZ appeals to UPND/PF to announce 2011 candidate

The Federation of Free trade Unions has challenged the Patriotic Front (PF) and the United Party for National Development to explain how they intend to approach the 2011 general elections because the Zambian constitution does not provide for a pact or coalition government.

FFTUZ vice president Charles Phiri says the current Zambian constitution does not support the formation of a coalition government and wonders how the PF and the UPND will approach the 2011 elections under the UPND-PF pact arrangement.

He says while the Pact between the two parties is good and has been welcomed by Zambians, there is no legal backing in the republican constitution for such an arrangement.

Mr. Phiri adds that the PF/UPND Pact has further not done Zambians a favour by not revealing who its presidential candidate will be in the 2011 elections.

He says the issue of the Pact’s presidential candidate should urgently be resolved because this might cause political chaos in the event the two political parties differ on the preferred candidate.

QFM

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