THE United Party for National Development (UPND) in Livingstone has maintained that PF president Michael Sata is not the best candidate if the UPND/PF Pact is to win the 2011 general elections.
Livingstone UPND district treasurer Winason Nguni said Mr Sata was rejected in Western, North-Western, Central, Copperbelt rural, Eastern and Southern provinces.
“Mr Sata is losing local Government elections in Northern and Luapula provinces. From where will Mr Sata get his votes to win next years’ elections? Mr Sata has more than 20 members of Parliament he calls rebel MPs and he has refused to reconcile with them on account that they participated in the National Constitution Conference (NCC),” Mr Nguni said.
Mr Nguni maintained that Mr Sata was not more popular than the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema and therefore Mr Sata should not become an automatic choice as UPND-PF pact presidential candidate for the 2011 general elections.
“It is important for people to understand that popularity of an individual should not be a basis to elect them as leaders. An example is of Idi Amin of Uganda who was very popular, Germany had Hitler. He too was very popular. Satan himself is also very popular and there is no country that ever wants to be ruled by any of the mentioned people,” he said.
He maintained that good leadership had nothing to do with how popular someone was.
There was need for people to understand that Zambians were looking for a qualitative leadership to develop their country and 2011 awaited them to choose leaders of high quality and that Mr Hichilema was the solution to the presidency of the pact.
Meanwhile, the Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) has advised the PF-UPND Pact to put its house in order and avoid competing against each other in by-elections.
FODEP information officer McDonald Chipenzi said in Kabwe yesterday that the recent clash of the PF-UPND candidates in Kaumbwe Ward in Petauke District was not doing any good to the alliance but armed the ruling MMD.
He said the pact should put its house in order by revisiting the principles of the alliance as outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the two parties entered into.
“Fielding candidates against each by the pact is creating a fertile ground for the alliance to lose elections to the ruling MMD,” Mr Chipenzi said.
On who should lead the pact, Mr Chipenzi said the matter was an internal one and expected the two parties to sit down and agree over the issue.
Last week confusion reigned in the PF-UPND Pact as two candidates of the alliance filed in their nomination papers for a local Government by-election in the Kaumbwa Ward in Kapoche Constituency in Petauke District.
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