ULP appeals to other parties United Liberal Party President Sakwiba Sikota has advised president's of opposition parties to let MMD's Rupiah Banda assume the Presidency without an election. Mr. Sikota says this will save the country colossal amounts of money which can be used for national development. He said national interest should override ambitions of becoming president.
Mr. Sikota observed that the MMD has majority of members of parliament and that in the event of opposition party winning, parliament would have to be dissolved and elections called. He said in Lusaka that he is aware of the constitutional requirements for the presidential by-election but parties should put national interest first.
But United Party for National Development UPND Vice President, Richard Kapita said the dictates of the constitution should prevail. He said in the event that an opposition political party presidential candidate wins, opposition MP's can be appointed to cabinet like Dr. Mwanawasa did.
It appears the ignorance of our politicians knows no boundaries. Unfortunately, his latest statement is not only foolish but also intentionally dangerous to the peace of our nation. There's a good reason we have a constitution, its precisely to keep the likes of Sakwiba on the leash. If we want Zambia to thrive we have to realise that economic development depends on much more than natural resources, technical skills and money. Far more important are certain intangible factors, such as trust, the rule of law, respect for property rights, and a reputation for dependability. Sakwiba's foolishness would have us abandon any strides we have made in this direction. Its one thing to argue that the constitution as it currently stands comes at significant cost, indeed I argued that here. Its quite another to make misguided pronouncements that we should now disregard the law of the land so that we can avoid those monetary costs.