The opposition MMD has charged that some of its Members of Parliament who have endorsed UPND candidate Hakainde Hichilema are riffraffs who add little value to the MMD.
Director of Communications in the Office of the President Raphael Nakacinda explained that the party is unmoved by the widespread endorsement of Mr Hichilema because most of those endorsing are riffraffs.
Mr Nakacinda was speaking when he featured on the Platform radio programme on Lusaka’s Joy FM.
‘The good thing about MMD is that riffraffs left MMD and formed PF and some residue, those that remained and were yet to decide have now left and are bundled themselves with UPND,’ Mr Nakacinda said.
He said the MMD is undergoing a cleaning and renewal process resulting in some unprincipled leaders opting to leave.
‘The MMD is now getting renewed, cleansed to give a fresh hope for the future, we only hope that the UPND does not turn into the old MMD that Zambians condemned just like they have condemned the PF today,’ Mr Nakacinda explained.
He said the behaviour of some MMD MPs in recent days has vindicated MMD leader Nevers Mumba’s stance on the need to bring morality in Zambian politics.
‘Dr Mumba has always spoken about the need to stamp out immorality in our politics. What these men and women are doing going about picking other candidates to support is nothing but immoral,’ he said.
On the same programme, UPND Researcher Dr Chooolwe Beyani defended the MMD MPs for choosing to support the UPND in the January 20 election.
‘As the UPND, i don’t think we receiving riffraffs from the MMD into our party, i believe the riffraffs are those MMD NEC members who issued a statement that they will be supporting the PF and Edgar Lungu,’ he said.
Dr Beyani added, ‘If you look at the MMD members who are supporting Hakainde Hichilema, they have not defected to the UPNFD but are merely supporting HH. They have just said they will support a younger and visionary leader for this election.’
‘This is the best crop in MMD, they are the brains of MMD, you will be hard pressed to find riffraff there. There could be a dunderhead or two, its possible but this is the crème dela crème of the MMD and it is now supporting Hakainde,’ Dr Beyani said.
He said, ‘It happens in other countries where a member of another party will support a candidate from another party, this is maturity of our democracy and there is nothing wrong with it. We should become bipartisan.’