Opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema says his party would only consider being part of an opposition alliance once a new republican constitution has been delivered.
Mr. Hichilema says the UPND holds the position that it is the new people driven constitution that will create a basis upon which a legal framework will be created to construct a legally bidding alliance among political parties.
Mr. Hichilema notes that going into an alliance by word of mouth at the time the country is characterized by low levels of trust and confidence will be a waste of time.
The UPND leader says this is why his party’s focus now is to ensure that a new constitution which is owned by the people is delivered before the 2016 general elections.
And Mr. Hichilema has stated that whether President Michael Sata and the Patriotic Front (PF) government like it or not, a new constitution owned by the people of Zambia will be delivered before the 2016 general elections.
He says the constitution is for the people and that President Sata cannot stop a process which he himself supported while in the opposition.
Mr. Hichilema has told Qfm News in an interview that any attempts at this end to stop the constitution making process will only mean greediness on the part of the President.