KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka
POLITICAL parties have expressed different views on the year 2016 and their resolutions for 2017 with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) saying it will focus on loyalty to President Lungu and improvement of the lives of Zambians.
PF deputy spokesperson Frank Bwalya said in an interview yesterday that the party will not entertain any indiscipline from its members.
â€œIn 2017, we will not focus on 2021 elections but on improving the lives of Zambians that gave the PF the mandate to rule. We want to provide them with better basic requirements such as healthcare, education, housing, jobs and other essentials,â€ he said.
The MMD says its 2017 resolution is to focus on rebuilding its structures country-wide.
It has described 2016 as â€œvery dramaticâ€ following the holding of the party convention and the bickering that surrounded the event.
National secretary Raphael Nakacinda said in an interview yesterday that the party wants to re-organise its structures.
â€œWe have suffered setbacks from 2011 following our exit from power. That is why we want 2017 to 2018, to systematically organise our structures in preparation for 2021,â€ he said.
Mr Nakacinda said the party is still proud of working with the PF.
â€œWe secured a 50-percent-plus-one victory by working with the PF and we shall continue to work together,â€ he said.
The United Party for National development (UPND) has described 2016 as a â€œdisaster for Zambiaâ€ and vowed to continue to fight for the people.
UPND spokesperson Charles Kakoma said this in an interview yesterday.
â€œAs UPND, we shall continue to be the voice of the voiceless because 2016 took us years backwards in terms of media freedom and democracy. Government itself has said that 2016 was not a good year economically,â€ he said.
Mr Kakoma, however, said he hopes that 2017 will bring a new life for Zambia.
Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) spokesperson Antonio Mwanza says the party is looking forward to holding its convention.
â€œAs FDD, we want to elect new leaders and we shall also continue providing checks and balances,â€ he said.
Mr Mwanza said the FDD will also continue providing farm inputs and entrepreneurial skills to women and the youth.
KELVIN MBEWE, Lusaka