MMD district executives for Kafue and Chilanga have appealed to the national leadership to call for a convention within 10 days to enable the party have enough time to plan for this year’s election.
And Kasenengwa Member of Parliament Victoria Kalima has appealed to President Edgar Lungu to intervene and find an amicable solution to the wrangles which have engulfed the two MMD factions so that the MMD and PF can go into a formidable alliance during the election.
Speaking on behalf of the two executives during the MMD convention mobilisation meeting at Chapel Lodge in Kafue on Monday, Kafue MMD chairperson Ozias Banda said the convention must be held immediately so that new party leaders were voted in.
Mr. Banda said the MMD in Kafue and Chilanga had seen it fit to push for the convention so that it could adequately prepare for this year’s election.
He said the leadership in the two districts had pledged to support whoever would be elected as president of the party and other leadership structures.
“We want the convention to be held in the next 10 days so that we can immediately put in new structures and we pledge to support whoever will win as our president but we don’t want anyone to behave as though this party belongs to an individual.
“Our appeal now is that all party members and sympathisers should join hands. Those who had left the party should come back to the party so that we can work together. The MMD is not a dead party; this is a very strong party which has all structures across the country intact,” Mr. Banda said.
And in Chipata on Sunday when President Lungu visited the area, Ms. Kalima said there was need for the MMD to work with the PF in order to ensure a 100 percent Eastern Province vote for President Lungu.
She said Zambians were looking for humble leaders who had the interest of the people at heart, adding that had the two parties had to work together to give President Lungu maximum support.
“We want a humble leader who has the support of all tribes. We need to give President Lungu 100 per cent vote so that he can continue improving the economy,” Ms. Kalima said.
She said the decision of the 10 MPs from MMD to support President Lungu was arrived at after wide consultations over what was best for the country, adding that the PF was headed for the first round victory because of the overwhelming support it was receiving from across the country.
She said all the local structures from constituencies from which MPs agreed to support President Lungu were in agreement with their parliamentarians and would vote en masse for the PF.