Mr. Saunders notes that discussions of such magnitude are supposed to be in-house.
He further states that there is also need for individual political parties wishing to be part of the alliance to do a self cleansing exercise.
Mr. Saunders adds that political parties should also exhibit genuineness towards each other as they discuss the formation of the alliance.
Speaking in an interview with Qfm News, Mr. Saunders states that the strength of individual political parties should be taken into consideration during the discussions to form an opposition alliance especially when it comes to the leadership.
Mr Saunders however still believes that the Patriotic Front is beatable in an election even without an opposition alliance.
Meanwhile a Non- governmental organization advocating for good governance has welcomed intentions by some opposition political parties to form an alliance ahead of the 2016 general elections.
2410 Executive Director, Justine Mushoke says while such intentions are welcome, there is need to put a few things in place in order to ensure that such an alliance is well coordinated for it to work.
Mr. Mushoke has told Qfm that the issue of who is going to lead the alliance should also come out clearly as well as how the alliance’s structures will be outlined especially that most political parties that have shown interest to being part of the alliance already have established party structures.
He has observed failure to agree on such issues is likely to spark confusion when the time for elections comes in 2016.
Yesterday, some opposition political parties announced the birth of an opposition alliance whose Chairperson is former Prime Minister in the UNIP Government, General Malimba Masheke.
The alliance called Alliance of Opposition Political Parties in Zambia was hatched under the theme, “Save Zambia, Zambia Deserves Better,” comprises the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), Alliance for Better Zambia (ABZ), People’s Party (PP) and the opposition Zambians for Empowerment and Development (ZED).
Announcing the alliance at a media briefing in Lusaka yesterday, alliance Coordinator and ABZ president, Frank Bwalya says all political parties that are part of the alliance will continue to operate as independent political parties.
He said as time goes members of the alliance will explore ways to strengthen it and that if Zambians demand that the political parties merge to form one bigger political entity, the idea will be considered at that time.
The ABZ president added that members of the alliance will further come up with a modality to elect one presidential candidate for the 2016 general elections with all political parties in the alliance having the right to forward a name, which name may be of the leader of the party, for election and subsequent adoption as presidential candidate for the alliance.
He says the goal of the alliance is to offer people in the country a servant leadership that would unite the nation and accelerate development the reason why members of the alliance are prepared to confront the many foreseen challenges.
Fr Bwalya adds that as for by-elections and other elections that may arise between now and 2016, it is the alliance’s intention to come up with a strategy of fielding a common candidate.