The opposition United Party for National Development (UPND) says it is not intimidated by the decision by the ruling Patriotic Front to adopt President Edgar Lungu as its presidential candidate for the 2016 General Elections.
UPND Deputy Spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo tells QFM News via telephone that in fact it will be easier for the party to remove the PF from office because of the failure by President Lungu to manage the affairs of the country.
Mr. Lifwekelo has challenged the PF government to even call for early elections so that they exit office soon.
And Mr. Lifwekelo has lashed out at PF Secretary General Davies Chama that it is not his responsibility to tell the party to go to the national convention.
He says the ruling party is afraid of the UPND President Hakainde Hichilema and that is why they want another candidate to stand on the UPND ticket and not Mr. Hichilema.
He says the opposition political party has no intentions of fielding another candidate saying they have confidence in Mr. Hichilema as he will no doubt win the next year’s general elections.
Mr. Lifwekelo says the failure by President Lungu to manage the country’s economy will cost him next year considering that he will be competing with someone who has the capacity to boost Zambia’s economy.