Yes. According to Sam Mulafulafu (Director, Caritas Zambia) :
Mr Mulafulafu's underlying sequential logic is as follows:The experience of an alliance that presents one presidential candidate but competes among themselves at Parliamentary and local government levels has been confusing to the electorate even in situations where constituencies and wards are shared among the cooperating political parties. With the low literacy levels among our voters, it sounds funny to the electorate to be told by a campaigning parliamentary or council candidate that in the parliamentary or local government vote (which ever the case may be), vote for me but for the president, vote for candidate so and so from another party. It really does not make sense to an average voter. In fact, some candidates won’t even make an effort to campaign for the chosen presidential candidate if that candidate is not from their party. This must be a learning point for the UPND/PF pact; to convince the electorate that they are a two in one party may be a daunting task.
i) To understand and be able to vote for a coalition government you need to be literate.If (i) or (ii) is wrong then (iii) is bound to be wrong.
ii) Zambians have low literacy levels.
iii) Therefore UPND-PF pact is facing a very challenging or near impossible task .
On proposition (i) : I find it difficult to accept that literacy (the ability to read or write) is related to people's ability to understand a simple concept of two clubs headed by two separate leaders that come together to achieve a shared vision. They will have different local represents from two clubs but only one leader. Is Mr Mulafulafu really saying that such requires some form of literacy? Coalition governments existed in some western democracies as early as the 19th Century. Are we really saying our people are so ignorant that what an average westerner in 19th Century was able to contemplate they can't? So proposition (i) fails.
But so does proposition (ii). The question I have for Mr Mulafulafu is that when he says "with the low literacy levels among our voters", who is he comparing Zambia with? Just how high do we need the literacy levels to be for people to understand the idea of a coalition? The truth is Zambia has high literacy rates and primary school enrollment rates above the average for Sub-Saharan Africa and Low Income Countries (LICs) as the table below demonstrates.