GEORGE Mpombo says his 2016 presidential bid is “well oiled”, claiming that the Copperbelt is fertile ground for him.
Mpombo recently declared his presidential ambitions for 2016 and appointed an exploratory committee to go round the country.
In an interview, Mpombo, a former deputy High Commissioner to Nigeria and former defence minister, said he would be launching a trajectory political project that must succeed.
“The committee’s work has been a resounding success, even here on the Copperbelt, the ground is fertile. Because you see with the Copperbelt, once you make it here then your job becomes much easier. We shall certainly launch something that will be formidable party which is going to be a juggernaut of a party with very strong grassroots tentacles that will provide a very fearsome challenge,” Mpombo said.
He said there had been overwhelming response for his presidential ambitions.
“So far it is well oiled and the indications are that we are on track. It is really working…it has been well received and we are making tremendous progress. People understand, you see as far as people are concerned, the PF is more or less a change without change because of the situation that is obtaining on the ground. So the response has been fantastic and we are geared. I think in the next two months I should be able to announce the party. We should be able to launch the party,” said Mpombo.
After being recalled from Nigeria, Mpombo announced his presidential ambitions for 2016, saying the PF has been a gargantuan resounding failure because of huge leadership failure.
He said the PF was the hope for Zambians but that the party had now turned itself into a source of despondency.
“The PF has suppressed the growth of democracy because what we are seeing is a culture of arrogance and impunity. There is no respect for human rights, for example, the rights of assembly. This is a barometer of democratic dispensation in a country. The Zambian government must create room for activity of other political players in the country,” he said.
But Mpombo’s attacks on the government have not pleased his family members who have advised him to stay away from making public statements.
His family feels that it would have been better for him to wait for his court case to conclude before he makes political statements.