United Party for National Development (UPND) members in 11 districts in Southern Province want an alliance between their party and the MMD, veteran politician and parliamentary chief whip Vernon Mwaanga has said.
Mr Mwaanga said the people of Southern Province have called for a pact between the MMD and the UPND as opposed to the one that was currently in existence between the Patriotic Front (PF) and the UPND.
Mr Mwaanga who has just returned from a visit to the districts said the general view of the people was that they wanted to see an alliance between the MMD and the UPND as the two parties’ manifestos were similar.
In an interview, in Livingstone Mr Mwaanga said only an alliance between the MMD and the United Party for National Development (UPND) would produce a Republican president from Southern Province in 2016.
He observed that coalitions and pacts had a great capacity for failure especially in Africa because their ideologies were usually different.
He cited the pact between the PF and the UPND as one which would not work because the two opposition parties had manifestos that were diametrically opposed.
He said while the PF believed in socialisation and nationalisation, the UPND believed in liberalisation and a free market.
Mr Mwaanga said the people of Southern Province had observed that the MMD and UPND manifestos were similar and this was why they were calling for a pact between the two parties.
He would personally support a pact between the MMD and the UPND, as it would be for the benefit of the Zambian people.
“If UPND shows interest, I would encourage the MMD to enter into an alliance with UPND as it would be mutually beneficial to the Zambian people. It is not about personalities but the interests of the Zambian people,” he said.
Mr Mwaanga condemned the violence during recent by-elections in Mufumbwe saying violent acts did not add anything to development.
As the 2011 elections drew closer, it was important for Zambians to scrutinise speeches and see how some politicians were merely attacking others and engaging in name calling as those vices are bad.
“I believe that Zambians want politics of substance. Zambians want tangible service delivery,” he said.
On the appointment of opposition UNIP Member of Parliament Mkhondo Lungu as minister of home affairs, Mr Mwaanga said that the move was constitutional as the president was at liberty to appoint any MP regardless of which party they were coming from.
He congratulated Mr Lungu on his appointment.
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