Edgar Lungu Sees Postives In PF Loss

Home Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu says the Patriotic Front’s (PF) performance in the July 25 polls that saw it win one out of the four contested seats should be taken positively.

“Yes, we have managed only one seat but that is an extra seat for us where there was none and it’s an achievement that cannot be dismissed lightly,” said Lungu, who was a member of the PF campaign team in the Chipata Central race won by MMD’s Mtolo Phiri.

He called on the winning parties – UNPD and MMD – not to overestimate their performance, adding that their victory in fact boosts Zambia’s budding democracy.

“This is good for democracy and for confidence in our democratic institutions such as the ECZ and the police to mention but a few,” Lungu said.

“This [the opposition victory] confirms what we have been saying over and over again and that is our democratic institutions work independently,” Lungu said. “if we interfered, there would have been no conceding of any seat at all and we must be proud of ourselves for this.”

The opposition UPND won two out of the four seats contested while the MMD retained the Chipata Central seat they lost after Supreme Court nullification. The PF won the Mkushi North by-election.

According to Daily Mail, Lungu said forthcoming polls will be the “real litmus test” and how the PF will fair depends on how much hard work they will put into the campaign.