MMD national chairman Micheal Mabenga has said Hakainde
Hichilema’s trip to the Western Province was a complete flop.
Mabenga said the women in the MMD countrywide were happy following Patricia
Mulasikwanda’s resignation from the party.
Briefing the press at the MMD
offices yesterday, Mabenga said the trip by UPND leader Hichilema, Mulasikwanda
and Sibote Sibote among others to Western Province was a complete flop as the
people rejected them in different parts of the province.
Mulobezi, Sesheke they were all rejected,” he said. “One induna came to a
Christmas party where I was and told me that HH gave her a chitenge and a
K50,000 to say bad stuff about the MMD.”
Mabenga said the induna
complained that she was duped by Hichilema and his team and that she could never
“It is unfortunate that an entire president could bribe an
induna with only K50,000,” he said. “All they are doing is
Mabenga said the people in Western Province castigated the
opposition, saying all they did was trade insults which would not take them
“The people in Western Province are not impressed with the
opposition because they are always trading insults which the people believe will
not take them anywhere,” he said. “Imagine HH and his team donated 10 pockets of
cement worth K500,000 as an inducement to the PTA of a certain school, as an
inducement for their support. Can you imagine that a whole president of a party
can gave such a small amount to convince people to support him? What kind of
development is he going to take to the people?”
Mabenga said the province
saw the kind of leadership that UPND had to offer.
And Mabenga said MMD was
well rid of Mulasikwanda because she was a detractor.
“When Patricia left
UNIP in 2005 to join our party, we thought she was a good woman,” he said. “She
gave the impression like she was the top of the cream. I’m sure that the women
in the party around the country are jubilant to hear that she has left the
Mabenga said Mulasikwanda had nothing to offer the MMD and it was
good riddance that she had finally left.
“She has stood in Mulobezi twice and
lost the seat,” he said. “She has no influence whatsoever.”
the UPND would remember the day, with regret, that they allowed her to join
“We hope that she will be good to them...we know her as a
troubleshooter,” he said. “She will bring them trouble.”
urged the people of Zambia to give an opportunity to President Rupiah Banda to
govern as he was God sent.
“People must give an opportunity to Rupiah
Banda, he has barely been in office for one year and has accomplished much,” he
said. “Am amazed at the manner with which he has taken to that
Mabenga called upon every Zambian to support President Banda because
he had the welfare of the people at heart.
“The President means well for
this country,” he said. “Apart from carrying over from late president Patrick
Mwanawasa, President Banda has continued with the industrial development of this
Mabenga highlighted the re-opening of some mines which had been
closed due to the global financial crisis, the agriculture sector, and
infrastructure development as areas of government’s success.
all the development which the President has managed to accomplish, it surprises
me that the opposition could continue insulting him,” said Mabenga. “What kind
of democracy do these people practice?”