THE Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in Central Province has appealed to National Executive Committee (NEC) Members, especially Honourable Peter Magande, to withdraw from standing against Acting President Rupiah Banda.
MMD Provincial Secretary Roy Mwaba stated that after extensive consultation and submissions from all the six districts in Central Province, the provincial leadership unanimously endorsed the adoption of Acting President, Rupiah Banda as the MMD candidate. “Our appeal to the other NEC members, especially Mr. Peter Magande, is that they should withdraw to stand against the acting President but should only reaffirm him as our official candidate to stand in this by-election for the sake of continuity and in this period of a transition to the 2011 general elections,”Mr. Mwaba said.
He said that people like Mr. Magande and other NEC members wishing to contest the Presidency for 2011 could do so at the next convention as they had earlier indicated to contest. He advised that they should not take advantage of the current situation and use it as their opportunity as it would cause confusion of the worst kind.
Meanwhile the MMD in Kasama District has resolved to give acting President, Rupiah Banda, a 100 per cent vote as MMD presidential candidate during the forthcoming by-election. MMD District Chairman, David Chanda, confirmed the development in a statement released to ZANIS. Mr. Chanda said party members in the district would rally behind Mr. Banda because of his maturity and level-headedness in dealing with national issues. Mr. Chanda has since advised Northern Province Minister, Lameck Chibombamilimo, to stop misleading people that the acting President does not have support in the province. He accused Mr. Chibombamilimo of lacking political direction as evidenced from his uncoordinated statements regarding President Mwanawasa’s successor. Mr. Chanda has since declared that the province would be a no-go area for Mr. Chibombamilimo once MMD’s National Executive Committee (NEC) formally endorses Mr. Banda as its presidential candidate in forthcoming by-election. He further warned that MMD members would not allow the provincial minister to continue causing instability in the ruling party by advancing his cheap politics, adding that Mr. Chibombamilimo does not even command support in Mpulungu where he is Member of Parliament. Recently, Mr. Chibombamilimo was quoted in media as saying acting President Rupiah Banda would not be supported by the people of Northern Province if he is chosen as the presidential candidate for MMD in the forthcoming by-election.