MMD deputy national secretary Chembe Nyangu has said President Banda will not be pressured to announce the election date as he would do so at the right time.
Mr Nyangu said in an interview in Lusaka on April 21 that Mr Banda will announce the polling date when the time comes.
“Announcing the election date is the prerogative of the President and no-one should pressure him to make this announcement,” he said.
Mr Nyangu said previous Presidents were not pressured to announce the polling date because this is a privilege of the Head of State which has been in place for a long time.
He said Mr Banda will not announce the election date for the sake of pleasing certain people.
“The MMD and Mr Banda will not make decisions to please a few individuals who do not even appreciate the developments the party has initiated.
These people, especially some Catholic bishops, do not appreciate anything. Even if Mr Banda announces the date today, they will still criticise the decision,” Mr Nyangu said.
He said Zambians should respect Mr Banda’s administration and its decision not to hastily announce the polling date.
And Mr Nyangu said it is sad that Ndola Catholic Bishop Alick Banda has failed to appreciate President Banda’s directive to write off outstanding balances on over 3, 386 housing units on the Copperbelt.
He said Bishop Banda can afford to criticiseMr Banda’s decision because the church accommodates him for free.
“Bishop Banda’s comments are unfounded and unfortunate. We expect people like him to support initiatives intended to promote the welfare of the needy,” Mr Nyangu said.
He said it is unfortunate that Bishop Banda does not want to support Government’s decisions intended to empower poor people.
Mr Nyangu said Bishop Banda’s comment is a clear indication that the clergyman does not care for people, especially the needy
[Zambia Daily Mail]