APA-Lusaka (Zambia) Some presidential candidates contesting in Zambia’s 30 October presidential election have shunned signing social contracts with the electorate, APA learnt here Monday.
Civil society groups collected signatures from voters in several parts of the country and then drew up social contracts which the four presidential candidates were asked to sign as a show of commitment to meeting specified obligations once elected into office a head of state.
Citizens Forum Executive Secretary Simon Kabanda told journalists on Monday that although the contracts are not legally binding, they are nevertheless meant to show that the presidential candidates were committed to the voters.
He said Zambians were tired of empty promises from politicians while campaigning for office but abandoned the people as soon as they ascended into power.
He, however, said that the caretaker president, who is the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy party’s presidential candidate, Rupiah Banda, refused to sign the contract — saying he could not commit himself to an illegal process.
Another presidential candidate Godfrey Miyanda of the Heritage Party refused to sign the document, claiming that it amounted to blackmail and intimidation of the president aspirants.
Hakainde Hichilema of the United Party for National Development (UPND) committed himself to the contract although he did not sign it, either.
The last candidate, Michael Sata, of the Patriotic Front party, said he was yet to see the document before he could agree or refuse to sign it.