MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya has advised the Patriotic Front (PF) to accept the prediction by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that President Rupiah Banda will win this year’s elections.
Ms Siliya said it should dawn on the PF leadership that Zambians had seen the countrywide development and would continue voting for the MMD.
She said the prediction by the EIU was credible as it had been done by a credible organisation with an independent judgment.
Ms Siliya was reacting to PF secretary general Wynter Kabimba, who accused the EIU of being an imperialist organisation allegedly promoting the interests of western multinationals.
She also wished PF leader Michael Sata good health so that President Banda could meet him in the elections.
Mr Kabimba, who was commenting on the EIU August report which for the fourth time has predicted that President Banda and the MMD would win the September 20 elections, said EIU was getting involved in the election campaigns to protect the interests of the western multi-nationals who wanted the MMD Government to continue in power.
“You’ve got to understand the EIU, this is an organisation that is pro-western , it is actually an organisation of the western media intended to protect the interests of the west.
“The EIU is contracted by multi-nationals to protect the interests of the west,” Mr Kabimba said.
He said despite the predictions of the EIU, the PF believed that it had taken its campaign to the Zambian people and its message had won the hearts of the people.
Mr Kabimba said for the first time, PF had fielded candidates in all the 150 constituencies.
But University of Zambia (UNZA) lecturer Phineas Bbaala said the latest EIU report was accurate and fitted into his own predictions.
The EIU report has indicated that President Banda was more likely to win this year’s elections than Mr Sata.
The August 2011 report from the economic analysis organisation, which covers 185 countries, said President Banda’s victory remained the most likely outcome as he would benefit from the advantages of incumbency, the MMD’s formidable electoral machinery and recent maize bumper harvests.
Mr Bbaala, who is a lecturer of politics and administrative studies in the school of humanities, said the report was straightforward, adding that for the international agency to come up with such observations, it carried out thorough investigations.
“When I started talking about President Banda that he is going to win this year, I received a lot of criticism.
“I am very happy that this latest EIU report done by an international agency has also revealed that Mr Banda will win,” he said.
And Christian Coalition spokesperson John Mwendapole said the EIU report was timely and Mr Sata’s chances of winning the September 20 elections were minimal because Zambians had set their mind to vote for President Banda.
Mr Mwendapole said the report showed that Mr Sata was not ready to contest the elections and that Zambians should understand that the report was based on a technical analysis by an international institution.
[Times of Zambia]