18 January 2013

Zambia: PF Condemns UPND's 'Mapatizya Formula'

THE Patriotic Front (PF) has demanded that the United Party for National Development (UPND) should give a clear explanation on the 'Mapatizya Formula' which it intends to execute during the Mpongwe and Livingstone by-elections.

PF media and publicity director Chanda Mfula said as far as the Zambian people were concerned, the formula would promote violence and voter intimidation which the PF would not condone.

He said the PF believed that every election was an opportunity for political parties to contest each other's ideas for the betterment of the lives of the people.

Mr Mfula advised UPND to learn something from the peace and tranquillity that prevailed in the last by-election in Mufumbwe as a result of their absence.

He said all political organisations had a responsibility to preach and practise peace.

Mr Mfula said PF was proud of the peaceful manner in which its members had carried out their activities countrywide.

Some leaders from UPND were recently quoted as saying they would employ the 'Mapatizya Formula' during the by-elections in Livingstone and Mpongwe if they were not satisfied with the way the Electoral Commission of Zambia would handle the polls.

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