Friday, March 14, 2008
By Mwila Chansa
Friday March 14, 2008 [03:00]
FORMER works and supply minister Dr Ludwig Sondashi yesterday said he is the best man to succeed President Levy Mwanawasa. Announcing his intension to contest the MMD presidency and subsequently the national presidency at a press briefing in Lusaka, Sondashi said amongst all those that had made their intentions known so far, he believed he was the best candidate to take over from President Mwanawasa.
“I will offer myself as an aspiring candidate for MMD and if adopted for the Republican presidency, I will go for it. I am a politician most suited and with the relevant experience to carry forward the programmes of Dr Levy Mwanawasa,” he said.
Dr Sondashi said he hated corruption and that the anti-corruption crusade embarked on by President Mwanawasa would be safe in his hands. He said he was the first person to congratulate President Mwanawasa when he was adopted to stand in.
“By now people should be seeing that what I said was right because Zambia is no longer the same Zambia we knew before Levy became President,” Dr Sondashi said.
He also bragged that the current Anti-Corruption Act was drafted with his assistance.
Dr Sondashi further said if the public wanted to prove how much he hated corruption, they could also go to the University of Zambia and read the thesis for his masters and PhD because it talks about how corruption could be curbed in Zambia.
He said he had sufficient experience and relevant expertise in good governance and that having worked under all the three Presidents of Zambia made him a better person to run the affairs of the government.
“We hear some of the people that want to aspire are aeroplane mechanics but we are not running aero- planes here, we are running people and I have been in the business of running people for a long time,” said Dr Sondashi.