MMD sets 25th May as elections date for a new president, voting to take place at provincial centres

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MMD National Secretary Richard Kachingwe
MMD National Secretary Richard Kachingwe

The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has finally announced that the provincial conventions to elect the party’s new leader will commence on Friday May 25th,2012.

The convention will see the election of a new party president to replace former president Rupiah Banda who relinquished the position last month.

MMD National Secretary Richard Kachingwe announced at a briefing this afternoon that the conventions will also see the amendment of the MMD constitution leading to the introduction of two positions of party vice president, one in charge of political affairs with the other one in charge of administration.

Major Kachingwe said this is in compliance with the provisions of Article 15 of the MMD Constitution.

He said that instead of the delegates coming into Lusaka to vote for their preferred candidates, elections will take place in all the ten provinces from 10 hours to 15 hours while the party secretariat will be the totaling center.

And Foundation for Democratic Process (FODEP) Executive Director McDonald Chipenzi has welcomed the move by the opposition MMD to resort to holding provincial conventions to elect a new party president.

The MMD has opted to hold provincial conventions to elect a new leader rather than a national convention which would have cost the party between 2-3 billion kwacha.

This decision was arrived at by the party after failing to raising the funds for a national convention. Mr. Chipenzi said that it is important for the former ruling party to elect a new leader as soon as possible in order to allow quick continuation from were former president Rupiah Banda left from.

He told QFM News that what is important for the party is to make all the changes within the provisions of its constitution to avoid causing confusion in the party.

Mr. Chipenzi has also advised the MMD to guard against the influence of the winning candidate in a particular province during the elections so as not to affect the results of other provinces.

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39 COMMENTS

  1. Elect younger people. You should start encouraging younger people to get involved in politics.

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  2. I agree. Elect young people. Nevers Mumba fits the bill. Sata should be the last old president to rule Zambia for one term.

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  3. You still do not have a reliable person with capabilities, experience and tenacity like that of Sata. Just fufil the fixtures, but you will go no where in the next 10 years. Your recent past stinks terrible for any sane citizen to have you have a go at leading Zambia soon. You did very very bad. Your last campaign was the worst and wasteful ever in Zambia, if not in Africa or the entire world. You did that at the expense of Zambians and you still believe you can rule Zambia soon!  Your history will haunt you for a long time to come. UNIP is on the historic shelves but they never stole much and were not corrupt like you. You will waste your time and resources just to teach you that you are a bad crop of Zambians. 

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  4. #3 FLOYD CHITALU — what are you going on about, mate? What’s your point? Leave the MMD to organise themselves. It is not YOU or PF to decide for the people of Zambia who will rule them next. You must remember that the PF won just 42% of the total number of votes that were cast at the last election. The MMD got 36%. You could hardly call that a decisive victory. There is 58% of voters out there who did not choose Sata for president, respect their vote. So you can’t just come out like that putting down the MMD. Secondly, corruption or no corruption I would rather have Felix Mutati for Minister of Commerce rather than Bob Sichinga who thinks rebasing the Kwacha will strengthen it to 1964 levels! MMD still has national support, especially now that people know the bunch of PF i.d.i.ots.

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    • They are not *****s as you prefer calling them! They can even better brains than, may be you. But following your statistics, fine, but look at the fact that MMD had all the machinery and money at hand and got a beating from PF who had insufficient resources what would make PF loose even by Felix’s MMD. I tell you that in Sata you have a powerful mobiliser of support. He is a genius in that. Proof of this is he came from one man MP to lead a political party and win elections, do not underate that. He has a passion at what he does. Right now MMD is a scatter graph and if you don’t see it now wait and observe after their convention. The PF’s 42% will soon rise and it may reach over 55%. MMD stinks right now because of what they behaved under Banda, that corruption, you know it. 

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    • Floyd Floyd Floyd, in all history, the leaders who have gone to power on less populist promises have performed better. Levy is one such and in retrospect, RB. RB did a lot during his 3 years in power. Leaders who rise on a populist platform like Chiluba, Sata, Idi Amin, Hitler and now Obama always fail to deliver and eventually make big u-turns. Im sure you know what I mean by U-turn???? Yes I also believed that MMD had to go, but I also now believe that PF should go by the next elections. There is no government in Zambia that lost so much credibility within 6 months after its election???

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  5. @Floyd Chitalu, you must be a beneficiary of this incompetent government. If the MMD’s recent past sticks, so does Sata. He epitomized everything that was wrong with the MMD.

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  6. They are not *****s as you prefer calling them! They can even better brains than, may be you. But following your statistics, fine, but look at the fact that MMD had all the machinery and money at hand and got a beating from PF who had insufficient resources what would make PF loose even by Felix’s MMD. I tell you that in Sata you have a powerful mobiliser of support. He is a genius in that. Proof of this is he came from one man MP to lead a political party and win elections, do not underate that. He has a passion at what he does. Right now MMD is a scatter graph and if you don’t see it now wait and observe after their convention. The PF’s 42% will soon rise and it may reach over 55%. MMD stinks right now because of what they did under Banda, that corruption, tender procedures, etc.

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  7. Ba Floyd Chitalu #3.I really fail to understand people who think like you.Instead of being happy that @ least Zambia will be a formidable opposition in Zambia to bring about sensible checks and balances to your ‘experienced’ without vision govt.Zambia has more to lose than gain if the opposition is weakened which I believe you guys want to gain.Apart from ABC and Lubinda, the rest of you guys are a practical joke.I end here

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  8. The English written by Floyd chitalu is Lubindas language! You got it wrong Zayellow, you will fall badly this time around. Bye

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  9. Excellent MMD, thats one of the greatest innovations of 21st century in this country!! Voting in provincial centres is great. I hope other parties will emulate this going forward. However, let not the results be rigged in favour of certain candidates!! The naysayers like Guy Scott who think MMD, thats their wish we know, will be finished like UNIP will be shocked that the party will live on! MMD has an ideology not PF which has plagiarized UNIP constitution!

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  10. Well done and what innovation. The truth be told the MMD, besides the ANC is the most democratic and modern party in Southern Africa.

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  11. Floyd Chitalu # 3 I salute you. Ala ba MMD are baaked losers. I am yet to see this joke of a party that now sees it fit to “unfreeze” the Veep Position now that their old man who is bonking his own grand daughter is telling lies in the USA about democracy in Africa. he may have inherited his sit by default but he was the biggest mistake just like Sata will be the worst mistake if he fails to deliver to the people. MMD deserves what it got in the 2011 elections. I want to hear from Kunda when he recovers whether now is ok for MMD to have a VP when they blocked Mulongoti it was going to promote disunity had he stood against Kunda S.C? no wonder development is elusive in Zed no visionary leaders none other than KK including this policeman in a suit called Sata

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    • You’re dreaming Abwenzi. Start thinking. MMD is the most democratic party in Zambia

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  12. Well done MMD go for Good Governance, Rule of Law, Accountability and Transparency in comformity with democratic rule. The new MMD will emerge as a formidable force to challenge the willy nilly of ‘Onemanstatemanship’ PF govt. Old leaders will be expected to hand over to younger, intelligent, articulate and visionary leaders to stir their parties forward and move with modern politics of honesty and integrity. MMD on the move lets see other parties who have never gone to any conventions to select their leaders. Pressure is on PF party to do the same.

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  13. Why don’t the MMD presidential candidates travel province by province with an election being held in each province selling their candidature ? Then the winner would be the one with the most provinces won. Just my thoughts. Let me guess – no money ! I guess they are effectively doing that without being mobile. In my mobile theory, the individual candidates would have to foot their own bill for the tour, thereby immediately screening any broke-ass candidates who are just future thieving presidents who will loot the national treasury.

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    • Good idea, but It is not in their constitution. So, they’re doing a good thing

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  14. Bravo MMD I think there is now serious diarrheria in PF as they see a one term rule gotten thru deceipt refer BA64, more money in pockets and other trash campaign garnishings. But natural attrition is also a factor for less than 5 years rule by PF. I wished MMD could have put other positions to re-elect one being for dead wood Mabenga in order to attain serious re-birth of MMD and fill some vacant seats left by some Chatile Treasurer etc. Go go go MMD a mutant in order to stand the current ecological political environment. PF sign own death certificate by giving zambians a constitution with a 50%+1 then come 2016 you are gone because UPND will vote with us in re-run ask Ukwa’s friend Wade in Senegal.

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  15. Where will the MMD president rule? Maybe he can go and stand in Malawi whose president just died or Batsotseland the new country. MMD president will never govern Zambia again, it can’t never.

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    • You’re are dreaming sir/madam. Start thinking b4 it is too late for your country. Supporting blindly is dangerous

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  16. Pf simply means political failures. Countrywide, the support for pf has drastically dropped and every well thinking zambian knows that pf won thru lies.

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  17. I feel pity for mmd because the failed to attain internal democracy when they prohibitd Molongoti to exercise his right. As for Mkushi North i say Bwaila libili Musonda Mutale because you bribed the officials and remember the last minute donation you gave to Mkushi high sch was pure to corrupt.

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    • Start thinking. MMD is more democratic than any political party in Zambia with their presence in all provinces.

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  18. The salvation of this nation lies in the unifying factor that MMD has fostered. However, there are wolves in the system that can pounce on any prey for survival. The Bembas have had their share of Presidency. Muteteka exposed his vulnerability to manipulations by the phenomenon of “GREEN PASTURES” lack of respect for authority – a muselela kwa kaba. A potentially good leader is one that displays loyalty to authority under trying conditions. Therefore, the election of Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane as MMD President can re-kindle (or revive) the spirit and concept of One Zambia One Nation. Dr. Musokotwane carries a blend of qualities that embrace intelligency, technocratic background, sober and well-balanced political mindset. Nationally, MMD is more democratic than PF.

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  19. ‘kalembula munani @#21’ is a hired PF spoiler to champion the philosophy of PF that sows seeds of confusion in MMD and UPND. Certainly Mulongoti is no longer a viable factor as he is enjoying ephemeral (short-lived) comfort under a PF regime that hinges to last based on Sata’s life-span. Incidentally, Ukwa is so rare that he raises genuine speculations to the effect that he must be very ill and bed-ridden.

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  20. thats good for democracy mmd its a pity you dont pay bills and now you have been deregistered what a pity.

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  21. Dora Siliya has unleashed a fierce attack on Kachingwe and at the rate it is going it won’t be long before they expose each others wrong-doing.

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    • Dora Siliya is a liability and has to take a back-seat role. We all thought she would be humble after the shock loss but alas, she is not changed. Sign of a person who needs spiritual deliverance, really.

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  22. In all history, the leaders who have gone to power on less populist promises have performed better. JFK, Ronald Reagan, and Levy fall in this category. Leaders who rise on a populist social-economic paradise platform like Chiluba, Sata, Jacob Zuma, Idi Amin, Hitler and now Obama always fail to deliver and eventually make big u-turns. Im sure you know what I mean by U-turn???? Yes I also believed that MMD had to go, but I also now believe that PF should go by the next elections. There is no government in Zambia that lost so much credibility within 6 months after its election.

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  23. There is no democratic government which comes into power without majority votes. Delelele your history is shallow. Germans were convinced and accepted the conviction that they were a super race (Arian), Regan had a popular date, which Levy are you talking about? Late Mwanawasa? He did not come into power with his political party but Chiluba wanted a puppet leader and he never got one in Levi. I have been in South Africa for 20 years as a Zambian and well informed with the politics of the country. Zuma was not a popular candidite, but the constiuency within the ANC which revolted againist Mbeki became bigger and they needed a person to be in office to carry their aspiration Zuma qulified. You will provoke the Ugadans to anger. Idi Amin was not voted by any Ugandan, Obote was osted.

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