3 October 2008

Zambia: 'PF, UPND No Match for Ruling Party'

Acting President, Rupiah Banda, has said the Patriotic Front (PF) and United Party for National Development (UPND) are small political parties, which cannot match the MMD.

Speaking yesterday at Lukulu airstrip when he arrived from Kaoma where he held a campaign rally, Mr Banda urged the people of Lukulu not to worry much about the PF and UPND.

Mr Banda said he was confident that after the forthcoming election, PF and UPND would be relegated to the books of history and would not be remembered.

He said PF leader, Michael Sata, would only be remembered as a man who went round the country telling people to vote for him for the top job but failed.

As for UPND's Hakainde Hichilema, Mr Banda said he was a young man who would be taught a lesson on the need to start from bottom and not otherwise.

"We want to teach HH humility and respect for people who are more experienced than him. We want him to come and kneel down before United Liberal Party (ULP) leader, Sakwiba Sikota and apologise for what he did to him," he said.

Mr Banda, who is the ruling party's presidential candidate, said the dominant parties in Lukulu district were the MMD and the ULP as it was proved in the 2006 general elections.

He said now that ULP had resolved to support the MMD, the ruling party's victory would be more resounding than it was during the 2006 general elections.

"The presence of the two parties is a guarantee that we will have 100 per cent votes here in Lukulu District," he said.

Scores of people thronged Lukulu Airstrip to welcome Mr Banda and his entourage.

Mr Banda was scheduled to hold private talks with Paramount Chief Lubosi Imwiko the Litunga and hold a campaign rally at Fernando grounds.

Mr Banda would then leave for Kalabo where he would meet Senior Chief Mboanjikana at the Boma before addressing another campaign rally at Freedom Square.

Mr Banda would then return to Mongu for a night stop-over.

He returns to Lusaka this evening.

He is accompanied by his campaign manager, Mike Mulongoti, election agent Benny Tetamashimba, ULP president Sakwiba Sikota, Education Minister, Geoffrey Lungwangwa and many others. - ZANIS.

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