By Bennie Mundando
OPPOSITION National Democratic Congress (NDC) says it will back the United Party for National Development (UPND) in the forthcoming Lukashya and Mwansabombwe parliamentary by-elections.
NDC Vice President Joseph Akafumba has announced the development at a media briefing in Lusaka today.
Mr. Akafumba says the decision to field a single candidate has been done with the sole purpose of harnessing and promoting the principles of the opposition alliance.
He adds that the NDC will go flat out and campaign for the UPND in both Mwansabombwe and Lukashya and says all its members in Mwansabombwe and Lukashya should tomorrow flock in numbers and give support to the UPND as they file their nomination bids.
He has called upon all well-meaning opposition parties to join the opposition alliance as the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) can only be removed from political office by a united opposition front.
“There is need to break the barrier that the UPND cannot field candidates in perceived territories viewed and believed to be PF strongholds. The UPND is a national party contrary to views being peddled by desperate groupings that it is a regional party,” Mr. Akafumba said.
He expressed optimism that the opposition alliance will remain firm and resolved as it strives to form the next Government.