A few days ago, outgoing president Edgar Lungu claimed that he would win the next presidential elections by more than 70 per cent.
But yesterday Lungu, infamous for alcoholism admitted that he can’t attain the 50 plus one per cent required to win.
Lungu said therefore the outgoing ruling PF needs to work closely with the opposition MMD in order to attain the 50+1 threshold in the August 11 general elections.
Lungu was speaking Sunday afternoon when he addressed PF members in Nyimba in Eastern Province.
He urged the PF members to work closely with the MMD if the party is to amass 50+1.
President Lungu said without support of MMD members, it will be difficult for the ruling party to attain 50 percent plus 1 threshold.
He disclosed that he will be meeting some MMD members to see how best the two parties can work together when parliament is dissolved.
“In May we dissolve Parliament and we will have to sit with MMD members to find ways of working together in this election if we are to win,” President Lungu said.
He added, “Where we are going there is 50+1. We can only attain this if we unite. Without the support of the MMD, it will be difficult for the PF to attain the threshold. So those MMD members that helped us in January 2015 should continue.”