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Mulongoti warns MMD members playing tribal card

Time Posted: November 29, 2010 9:00 am

MMD chairperson for elections Mike Mulongoti has warned party members seeking to contest various positions not to use tribes to advance their political ambitions.

Reacting to remarks attributed to MMD Western Province chairperson Simasiku Namakando that tribal politics in the ruling party would divide it, Mr Mulongoti said members should campaign across tribes.

“We are in a time where intra-party democracy must be seen to be working. The habit of running for positions on the basis of tribal groupings is unfair and unnecessary. People should campaign across tribes,” Mr Mulongoti who is Works and Supply Minister said.

He said it was wrong for any party member to use tribe to boost their campaigns for positions.

“We are in a time where intra-party democracy must be seen to be working. The habit of running for positions on the basis of tribal groupings is unfair and unnecessary. People should campaign across tribes,” Mr Mulongoti who is Works and Supply Minister said.


“Those who are competing for elective office must never look for excuses for not focusing on their campaigns. I refuse to be used as such,” Mr Mulongoti said.

The minister noted that as chairperson for elections, it was his duty to give guidelines to allow for fair play, party constitution legality as well as equity.

Mr Mulongoti said he had to ensure that deadlines as far as time was concerned were observed and beyond that there was nothing else.

And Mr Mulongoti has said the party would go ahead with provincial conferences once it had harmonised its programmes with President Banda’s schedule.

Mr Mulongoti said the party was trying to work out a schedule that would enable President Banda as party president officially open all the nine provincial conferences.

Meanwhile, the MMD Lusaka District choir has expressed its sadness at some party members who are working against provincial chairperson William Banda.

Choir chairperson Nelia Sakala said in a statement that Mr Banda had managed to transform the ruling party in Lusaka.

“With the coming of Mr Banda, our party has been reconstructed and we have taken control of Lusaka District in all political terms as we continue to establish a firm ground,” Ms Sakala said.

She appealed to President Banda to institute investigations about the parallel structures formed against Mr Banda.
[ Times of Zambia ]

9 Comments

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    flag Enka Rasha says: Enka Rasha
    November 29, 2010 at 9:59 am |

    Heed Mulongoti’s advice or follow Rwanda and Kenya where tribal kingpins bargain on the basis of how big their tribal block vote is and end up with big positions.The poor fellows from his tribe don’t share the spoils.

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    flag Kamuyongole Manyekaela says: Kamuyongole Manyekaela
    November 29, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    Trying to, and quote: “work out a schedule that would enable President Banda as party president officially open all the nine provincial conferences” is a near impossible task. The only way to succeed in enabling “Kamwendo Munjila” to officially open all the nine provincial conferences is to hire an Airbus A380s, load all MMD provincial delegates from the 9 provinces on the aircraft, take off on a round the globe flight to allow “Kansundila Kakolwe Neo Ndithu” to attend all of them. This is the only way he will be able to attend them all, in his own preferred airborne domain!

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    flag RedCard-Smoothcriminal says: RedCard-Smoothcriminal
    November 29, 2010 at 10:33 am |

    Ka Mulongoti has been given a dose of his own Quinine,he’s been humbled by that Imakando chap,the letter Imakando wrote was bang on and quiet damaging when it touched on his corrupt activities at the Roads Board.
    Hope he’s not the minister who is alleged to have purchased 40 tipper trucks for his business, or else he has to fight hard for the abuse of authority bill to go through

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    flag TWACHULA PAFULA! says: TWACHULA PAFULA!
    November 29, 2010 at 11:09 am |

    test your own medicane mulongoti,extend that advise to your boss RB!

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    flag Deja Vu says: Deja Vu
    November 29, 2010 at 1:03 pm |

    RedCard-Smoothcriminal says:
    Hope he’s not the minister who is alleged to have purchased 40 tipper trucks for his business, or else he has to fight hard for the abuse of authority bill to go through
    You could be 65% right, lets wait and see.

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    flag MOONO E MUNSANJE says: MOONO E MUNSANJE
    November 29, 2010 at 5:00 pm |

    Mulongoti should first tell Vernon Mwanga who is trying to woo voters in Southern Province using his tribe. Why focus on my Lozi cousins. In fact Mulongoti is a shameless and useless politician.

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    flag The Intelligentia says: The Intelligentia
    November 29, 2010 at 7:40 pm |

    This Ka Mulongoti guy is a nutter. Namakando letter explains it all and Mulongoti must account for his dirty tricks – What a shameful person. Very disgraceful and he strats ati ba Minister – Rubbish!!

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  8. vote
    flag What? says: What?
    November 30, 2010 at 12:24 am |

    Ass licker

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    flag Pafwenamwine says: Pafwenamwine
    November 30, 2010 at 4:06 am |

    Is the president now the price determinant?

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