PRESIDENT Banda is today expected in Mufumbwe to beef up the campaign for MMD candidate Mulondwe Muzungu in the Mufumbwe parliamentary by-election set for April 29, 2010.
According to a programme released by Mufumbwe district commissioner Robert Muyutu yesterday, President Banda will be in Mufumbwe for four days.
Mr Muyutu said Mr Banda is expected to address two campaign rallies at Kashima and Wishimanga tomorrow, before addressing two other rallies at Mushima and Kaminzekenzeke on Tuesday.
The President will address his last rallies in Mufumbwe on Wednesday at Kinkonge and the boma before flying back to Lusaka on Wednesday.
President Banda will also visit Chief Sailunga’s palace in Mwinilunga to pass condolences on the death of the traditional leader last week.
[Zambia Daily mail]
I am really a UNIPIST, what people call UNIPIST. So It’s very difficult for me perhaps at my age to join another political party. But let me say this that as of now, I am quite attracted to the leadership of President Mwanawasa for several reasons but most importantly his fight against corruption and his openness. his inclusiveness to other polilical parties and listening to other political parties. They may not feel that way but he does listen, we see it. Even people who are looking from a distance feel that he does listen much more than anybody else did hefore since the heginning of multipartism. And also, the rule of law in the country is taking route in the country. I am very attracted to that.
RB, Oct 2006
Source: (http: // satellite.tmcnet dot com/news/2006/10/10/1964172.htm)
Hope he will use this opportunity to tell his cadres to be less violent
The big question is, WHY HAS MMD FAILED TO IMPLEMENT THE DECENTRALISATION POLICY??
Those close to MMD know that their fear is that Councils will perfome better, especially the City and Municipal Councils which are under the opposition, and that would be a threat to the survival of MMD. This is the perception of those in MMD, its sad to have such shallow minded leaders that can hold back the development of the nation for their own benefit at the expense of the masses.
Finally, are the MMD controlled Councils doing better than those under the opposition?
Can MMD tell us why Councils they control e.g. Kaoma in Western Province, Milenge in Luapula and Isoka have had misappropriation cases (not misapplication)??
LT, is #3 a genuine posting or a virus? I am worried for my computer, LT please check.
#2 From all indications this is the Mapatizya formula.
On the same issue of violent camapigns, if these cardes will not fear the presence of the police, send in the army. Not good for democratic elections but certainly good for quelling this virus called election violence, especially the Mapatizya strain.
I do not think that the President should at this stage of the electoral cycle concern himself with these bye elections so directly as this. Zambian political system is not a parliamentary democracy. Besides all this, the MMD has enough parliamentary majority to carry legislation. The trouble with these trips is that Presidential candidacy for 2011, overshadows the present parliamentary bye elections. The people of Milanzi and Mufumbwe must be allowed to elect the candidate that best serves their local interests. HH’s and Sata’s practice should not be imitated. These are not Republican Presidents and they have nothing better to do. Your Excellency, please stay in Lusaka and run the country.
Some people may be surprised at what I have just said. Here is the reason why. In the 2006 elections, there were about 19,000 voters in Mufumbwe. An independent candidate came 2nd to the late Bonshe by just under 150 votes less, sharing 13,000 votes between them. This means that Mr Bonshe won by a very slender margin and if he did not deliver for the people of Mufumbwe, he would lose the elections this time round. Let us let democracy work. The Independent candidate beat the FDD/UPND/UNIP candidate hands down! That Independent candidate was KAMONDO Eliot, whom an MMD official called a political novice. Now, Kamondo is the Pact’s candidate! MMD have their work cut out. It will be what they have done that should be their campaign manager here.
Besides all this, the reported violent incidents at Mufumbwe should be condemned unreservedly and the President must not in any way be associated with them. He should stay away. The parliamentary elections should not be confused with Presidential elections. A vote for Muzungu is not a vote for RB, nor is it a vote against Sata. Yes. the candidates are sponsored by the parties, but the people must choose their preferred candidate on the candidate’s merits. If and when we get to this, we would have achieved democracy.Those who are from the politics of the past should not be allowed to dominate the agenda. It is time we moved on with democracy. People are intelligent enough to decide without someone from Lusaka coming to ‘drum up’ support.
#6, new ideas on our political scene are welcome, but this one will not fool anyone let alone a politician.
Iwe Katie Good be consisient earlier on u said this vilence stroy is nt true coz its from the Post now u are saying sending in the army? And what u are missin is that the police ve not failed to contain the situation but its because there are MMD thugs involved !!!!!!
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