FRED M’membe, the Socialist Party leader reportedly said his party cannot join UPND because it is power hungry and not focused on serving the people of Zambia.
This prompted UPND spokesperson, Charles Kakoma to describe Mr M’membe’s sentiments as mere rhetoric.
Mr Kakoma appealed to the SP to instead change its goal posts by combining forces with UPND and other opposition political parties to provide genuine checks and balances to government instead of arm-chair criticking.
He urged the SP to own up and stop maligning fellow opposition parties.
He was reacting to SP candidate in the 2021 Presidential elections Fred M’membe’s sentiments that his party could never join forces with UPND because it was too hungry for power and not people centred.
Mr Kakoma reiterated that Mr M’membe’s sentiments were baseless and signs that it lacked merit.
Mr Kakoma said in an interview yesterday, it was prudent for Mr M’membe to stop attacking UPND and concentrate on its own affairs.
Mr Kakoma emphasised that Mr M’membe’s allegations were misplaced and misguided.
He reminded Mr M’membe that the core for the opposition was to unite instead of issuing disparaging statement against each other.
“The UPND has decided to heed the call by the Zambians that the opposition needed to unite and bring about change in Zambia. So we call on our friend the Sociality Party to do that as well,” Mr Kakoma said.
He said there was need for the opposition to speak with one voice instead of issuing hate speech against each other.
Mr M’membe also said the party cannot work with UPND because it not only believed in winning elections but serving the Zambian people.
Mr M’membe said the objective of the party was to build a totally different type of society anchored on justice, equity and peace and on the values of honesty, humility and solidarity and a socialist Zambia.
“For them is just about winning elections, but for us it can never be for the sake of winning elections,” he said.