Cozmo claims UPND Vice president with 8 MPs are part of the formed coalition

File: Cosmo Mumba with PF cadres during the official opening of Parliament

File: Cosmo Mumba with PF cadres during the official opening of Parliament

Cozmo Mumba is claiming that one of the UPND Vice presidents with five Members of Parliament have expressed interest to join the newly launched coalition of three small opposition political parties

The three parties – Cozmo’s New Revolution Party (NRP), Edwin Sakala’s Zambia Direct Development Democracy Movement (ZDDM) and ZADECO of Sichoni today launched a coalition dubbed National Coalition of Political Parties (NACOPA).

During the launch, Cozmo said the coalition had attracted a number of high profiled politicians adding that it will be a force to reckon with.

Cozmo claimed that he had received a phone-call from a Vice president from UPND whom he could not name that he will be joining NACOPA.

He also claimed that five MPs from UPND and three from opposition MMD have also hinted to him that they will be joining NACOPA when time is ripe. He said he could not disclose the names for security reasons and fear of them being victimized.

Cozmo announced that NACOPA would use a Lion its symbol. He said the Coalition picked a Lion because it is fearless and vicious animal which is always ready to take on the enemy.

There is no clear mandate of these political parties that only exist on paper in their signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), apart from the same rhetoric of being different to the current trend of politics in Zambia.

Sakala who is the interim Chairman said the agenda of NACOPA is to introduce a new political order where national interest come first before anything else.

It is also not yet clear how Sakala who has been spearheading campaigns to have former president Rupiah Banda comeback to active politics and be adopted as the candidate for both UPND and MMD in 2016 elections will work with Cozmo who is working with President Michael Sata and PF.

Sakala has been an ardent critic of President Sata whom he accuses of having completely failed to governor saying he is driving the country into a crisis hence his move to callback Rupiah.