12 November 2012

Zambia: MMD's Mufumbwe Loss Beginning of Political Downfall

THE MMD's loss in the Mufumbwe by-election is the beginning of its "downfall" in Zambia's political arena, the United Party for National Development (UPND) has said.

UPND deputy spokesperson Edwin Lifwekelo said the MMD should not cry over "spilt milk" and added that the former ruling party would never bounce back to power.

Mr Lifwekelo said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the UPND was not in a political pact with MMD and that what existed was a mere working relationship on issues of national interest such as the national Budget.

"MMD should not cry over 'spilt milk' because they will never win. And I wish to state that there has never been any pact with the UPND. This message must be very clear and the loss of the Mufumbwe seat is the beginning of a serious defeat and downfall," Mr Lifwekelo said.

He said the Mufumbwe loss signalled that the MMD was sinking and that it would never bounce back to power.

Mr Lifwekelo said before the by-election in Mufumbwe, MMD vice-president Michael Kaingu made it clear that his party was popular in that area.

"If it wasn't for our president Hakainde Hichilema who campaigned for MMD in Mufumbwe on four rallies, MMD wouldn't have managed to get their 5,000 votes or evening emerging second after PF's Stephen Masumba," he said.

Mr Kaingu is quoted in yesterday's edition of The Post that Mr Hichilema travelled to Mufumbwe to campaign for his party (UPND) for the 2016 general elections and that he was not in the area to assist the MMD.

But Mr Lifwekelo said MMD should instead thank UPND for its efforts to help in the Mufumbwe campaigns though the two parties had never formed a pact.

He said MMD was headed for doom and it was for that reason why some of the MMD Members of Parliament (MPs) were accepting positions in the PF Government.

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