We didn’t join the Alliance for jobs-MDC
By Staff Writer
The Movement for Democratic Change MDC says it did not become part of the UPND Alliance because of jobs but to ensure that the country is liberated from among other things.
Speaking at a press briefing, MDC Vice President for Politics Leonard Hikaumba said the party will continue being in the alliance with the UPND as it would be petty moving out of this alliance.
Mr Hikaumba said the first alliance to succeed in this country on the basis of not being given jobs by the presidency.
He said they joined on the basis to liberate the country from a broken economy, polarized country on tribal lines and misgovernment by the former regime.
“It is being petty moving from the alliance because jobs are not given. We are not after jobs but liberating the country. As MDC, we shall see to it that this is done because we have a partner in UPND that is ready to listen” he said.
Mr Hikaumba said the primary objective of the UPND Alliance was not to give jobs to alliance members, but the majority 2.8 million voters in the August elections wanted a better economy, enjoyment of their freedoms, unity and a prosperous Zambia.
“We joined the alliance to liberate the country from people we had entrusted, but there was misgovernment. So many things were going so wrong because at no time did we see a country so polarized and divided. Some of us were even scared to mention our names as that came with a lot of hostility” Mr Hikaumba said.
And Mr Hikaumba said the party received the resignation of its former Secretary General Lucky Mulusa, who did not indicate reasons for stepping down and the leadership has since wished him well in his future endeavors as he has a right and freedom of association to a political party of choice.
Speaking at the same briefing, UPND Media Director Ruth Dante said the party is very proud of the alliance which agreed on one principle of delivering the country from a broken economy among others.