Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) president Nevers Mumba has charged that his party will not allow vote-buying and other electoral malpractices in the forthcoming Livingstone and Mpongwe by-election to go unpunished.
Dr Mumba said the MMD would keep vigil for electoral malpractices even if it meant engaging the party’s security wing to supplement efforts by the Electoral Commission of Zambia (ECZ) and Zambia Police Service.
“Sometimes our police don’t react but this time we won’t allow it.
MMD will protect the vote using our own security. Whoever we find dishing out money, will be brought to book,” Dr Mumba said at a campaign rally at Kabumbe Middle Basic School in Mpongwe on Sunday.
Dr Mumba vowed that the former ruling party would not sit idle and watch the MMD being robbed of victory like was the case during the Mufumbwe by-election which Patriotic Front (PF’s) Stephen Masumba won.
He said in a democratic dispensation like Zambia, voters should be allowed to make an intelligent choice without arm-twisting them into voting for a candidate against their better judgement.
The MMD president called on the Mpongwe electorate to vote for MMD candidate Miniva Mutesa to show their former MP Gabriel Namulambe that he took them for granted by causing the unnecessary by-election.
“You the people of Mpongwe showed in 2011 that despite the amount of deceitful promises the PF came with, you stood with MMD. Do the same on February 28 by electing Miniva whom you have already worked with here,” he said.
While jogging around, Dr Mumba said he was already warming up like a footballer on the substitutes’ bench ready to take over from President Michael Sata in 2016.
The MMD candidate Miniva Mutesa, who knelt before the people to ask for a vote, said it was disgraceful that the PF were busy marking campaign messages on the Luanshya Mpongwe road which was built by MMD.
MMD treasurer Mwansa Mbulakulima said having a ruling party MP was never the yardstick for development adding that when he was Copperbelt minister, he took development to the whole region even though it was a PF stronghold.
Others who attended the rally include Muchinga MP Howard Kunda,Masaiti MP Michael Katambo, his Lufwanyama counterpart Anne Chungu,and former Matero and Kawambwa MPs Faustina Sinyangwe and Elizabeth Chitika respectively.