Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) Deputy National Secretary Winnie Zaloumis has urged the Patriotic Front (PF) Deputy National Secretary Mumbi Phiri and Information Minister Chishimba Kambwili to stop their usual senseless political rhetoric in responding to serious issues raised by the opposition.
“As the biggest political party, we are posing serious questions to the PF on the manner it is managing affairs affecting our people in our role of providing checks and balances and we therefore expect them to provide well researched, intelligent answers otherwise the people of Zambia will conclude that late President Michael Sata was right when he declared that his ministers were useless,“said Ms Zaloumis.
Ms Zaloumis has charged that it is astonishing that at a time when the people of Zambia are faced with one of the most difficult times in the life of the nation, with a rise in the cost of living fueled by a sharp drop of the Kwacha exchange rate to an all time high of K8.50, sky rocketing cost of basic foods, farmers stranded with their ‘bumper’ maize harvest and untold suffering due to endless power outages, all Mumbi Phiri can say is that Nevers should go back to the pulpit.
She told Phiri and Kambwili to face the stark reality that their ‘donchi kubeba’ lies have caught up with them and their efforts to silence the MMD have failed and will have to face the brilliant minds of the MMD. She said PF must start providing sensible answers to serious questions and she further told the PF to understand that politics is managing people, which they have lamentably failed to do in their short stay in power. She said MMD have real solutions to the challenges being faced by the nation.
Ms Zaloumis told the PF to wake up to the fact that Zambians realize that the PF misrule has been characterized by blunder after blunder from day one and Zambians are not so stupid as to be blinded by the usual song of ‘massive infrastructure development projects’ because they are now aware that these are just a smoke screen to hide massive corruption never experienced before in the 50 year history of Zambia.
“We are baffled by Mumbi Phiri’s statement that the PF Government has given Zamtel back to the people while the same people are paying for it’s losses. Has PF asked Zambians if they are happy to have their money wasted on a bottomless pit full of cadres and incompetent management? She should think instead of just yapping,” said Ms Zaloumis.
And Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) Northern Province Information and Publicity Secretary Cephas Bwalya has charged that the shockingly desperate behavior of the Patriotic Front (PF) in the political drama in Solwezi West reveals that they are scared of Nevers Mumba and unknowingly declaring that the MMD is their greatest threat in the 2016 General Elections. The PF allegedly paid a bribe to the MMD candidate, Fordson Malishinyi, to have him skip filing in his nomination and party president Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba has announced that the MMD is taking the matter to court.
Speaking in Kasama after news of what had transpired in Solwezi spread like wild-fire, Mr. Bwalya said the PF is extremely desperate because they now know that Zambians throughout the whole nation have realized the terrible mistake they made in voting the PF into po wer.
“The PF are merely exposing their fear of MMD in 2016 and showing that in spite of being the party in power, they are unable to attract popular candidates to stand on the PF ticket and are scared of any candidate who stands on the MMD ticket. This why they are continuing to use taxpayers’ money to fund their hopeless attempts to remove the MMD from the Zambian political scene. This is the same thing they did in the Kafulafuta by-election with Mrs. Evelyn Mwanawasa,” said Mr. Bwalya.
Mr. Bwalya said the PF cannot blame anyone for their failure to run this country and know that they are going to face a devastating defeat at the hands of the MMD in 2016 no matter what they do. He said state funds they are abusing to shamelessly bribe candidates belonging to other parties does not belong to the PF but to the
people of Zambia and should not be used to buy candidates but to buy medicines which have now run out of most hospitals in the country.
“Let them know that in spite of these crooked tactics, their days are numbered as they will not be able to bribe all the parliamentary candidates in 2016,” said Mr. Bwalya.
Mr. Bwalya further said that the mood in Northern Province has changed in the recent past and is extremely volatile as the northerners are watching the unfolding scenario with interest, having realized that they were deceptively enticed to move their support from the MMD in 2011 only to get the incompetent PF into power who have abandoned them. He said the so-called infrastructure projects may deceive and blind other people but not the people of Northern Province.
“President Lungu should know that he does not have what it takes to win a fight with Nevers Mumba and we bring a strong warning to the PF that the eruption of the MMD volcano which was feared by the late President, Mr. Michael Chilufya Sata May His Soul Rest in Peace is at their door step and PF should watch out,” said Mr. Bwalya.
Meanwhile, the Patriotic Front has refuted allegations that it is behind the last minute withdrawal of MMD Solwezi West parliamentary candidate Fordson Malishinji from the by-election.
PF Secretary General Davies Chama has told Qfm News that the PF cannot sink so low to buy a candidate who has no value.
Mr. Chama says the MMD is a finished political party which is not a threat.
Mr. Chama says if that is what MMD used to do when they were in power, they should not think the PF is doing the same as the PF cannot engage themselves in such illegal activities.
He says he does not think the MMD had a candidate in Solwezi West, especially that the former ruling party has not fielded candidates in past by-elections.
Mr. Chama adds that President Edgar Lungu cannot send a plane at huge cost simply just to pick up a candidate from what he termed as a finished political party.
He says the MMD has no following in Solwezi West, but that instead it is the UPND which has a bigger following there.