Power and Politics

Citizens First backs opposition alliance, UKA, warns group could upset UPND in next elections


Cephas Mukuka, Citizens First (CF) Deputy General-Secretary for politics and operations has urged the United Party for National Development (UPND) to avoid political antagonism.

“Let political players learn to be sincere and respect each other’s political views and avoid unnecessary antagonism.The United Kwacha Alliance (UKA) is people driven and is set to upset political tables in 2026,” Mukuka stated.

He noted in a statement on Friday that UKA had nothing to do with President Hakainde Hichilema as an individual but was there to redeem the suffering people of Zambia.

Mukuka observed that there was a debate going on after the formation of UKA as a number of people had said different things on the issue at hand.

“The truth of the matter is that the alliances have always worked out to save on a few critical situations. Prior to Zambia’s independence in 1964, we had the African National Congress play a pivotal role as Harry Mwaanga Nkumbula joined hands with Kenneth Kaunda’ s United National Independence Party,” he recalled.

Mukuka said in the final analysis, independence was given to a new nation called Zambia as result of concerted efforts from various stakeholders such as the church.

He recollected that in 1991, there was a repeat of the 1964 concerted efforts of various stakeholders resulting in the formation of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD).

Mukuka further revealed that the alliance with Labour movement, the church, civil society organisations and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGOs) to oust the then ruling party UNIP saw Frederick Chiluba become the first democratically elected President under the new political dispensation.

In 2021, the UPND then in opposition had support from the church, NGOs and other political parties which ushered in President Hichilema.

Hence, he warned that the coming on board of the UKA should not be underrated, adding that the formation would enter political history in 2026 soon after the Presidential and general elections as victors.

“It’s therefore totally wrong and unacceptable for anyone to rubbish it’s coming on the scene. History will always repeat itself,” Mukuka stated.

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