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 2011-04-12 10:29 pm Back to NEWS
‘West MMD stronghold’
President Rupiah Banda

President Banda has dispelled assertions that the MMD’s popularity in Western Province is waning.

Mr Banda told journalists in Lusaka on April 11 that claims by some politicians that the MMD is losing popularity in the province are cooked up to suit their positions.

“We have got very big support there and I don’t listen to stories,” Mr Banda said.

He said this at City Airport in Lusaka shortly after his arrival from Chipata.

He said contrary to the assertions, Western Province is one of the MMD’s strongholds.

President Banda said it is good that Vice-President George Kunda will grace this year’s Kuomboka traditional ceremony of the Lozi people, scheduled for this weekend.

He said the occasion will give Mr Kunda an opportunity to talk to the people in the province. 

And Mr Banda said he is enjoying the support he is getting in Eastern Province.

The President said the public rally he addressed at Mugubudu in Chipangali Constituency on Sunday was huge.

He said Mugubudu is an important area for him because people there gave him 82 percent of the votes while Patriotic Front president Michael Sata got 10 percent and United Party for National Development leader Hakainde Hichilema managed a paltry 1 percent.

“So, I went to look after my ‘eggs’ and people turned out in big numbers,” Mr Banda said.

He said his trip to Eastern Province was fruitful because during his stay there, he opened Spar supermarket, which he described as the world’s biggest supermarket chain.

“It was very nice, the whole of Chipata came to witness the occasion and people were very excited,” he said.

Meanwhile, Chimwewme Mwale reports that President Banda says he will not take for granted the overwhelming support he has in Eastern Province.

Mr Banda said he will instead continue to solicit for votes from the people in the province.

He said he will confidently beat his opponents in this year’s elections if he garners the similar support he had in 2008.

President Banda on April 10 held a mammoth rally in Chipangali during which he received 125 defectors from opposition political parties.

Meanwhile, ZANIS reports that the United Church of Zambia (UCZ) Men’s Christian Fellowship (MCF) Sefula congregation in Mongu has pledged to rally behind President Banda and the MMD Government in this year’s general elections.

Western Province Men’s Christian Fellowship Presbytery convener Muleta Akende praised President Banda and the MMD for fostering development in all parts of the province.

Mr Akende said this at a fundraising braii at Sefula UCZ congregation on Saturday where the church invited Mongu district commissioner JethroMumbuwa to discuss development projects implemented by the MMD government from the time President Banda came into office in 2008.

Mr Mumbuwa welcomed the move taken by the church, saying it is only the MMD government under the leadership of President Banda that has brought change in the province and deserves another term of office to continue with the development projects.

Mr Mumbuwa cited some of the development projects as the Mongu-Kalabo road whose cost of completion was estimated at K1.3 trillion, Sesheke-Senanga road, Katunda-Lukulu road and many others.

He said Government is constructing a number of hospitals, clinics, health posts and schools in all parts of the province.

Mr Mumbuwa added that it is good that people have seen that Mr Banda is a hard-working man who deserves a second term of office, and emphasised that people should not be carried away by selfish opposition leaders who cannot deliver.



 
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