Friday, January 29, 2010
By George Chellah
Fri 29 Jan. 2010, 04:01 CAT
PATRIOTIC Front (PF) secretary general Wynter Kabimba yesterday said Dora Siliya does not have the right profile to boost the image of the MMD.
Commenting on Siliya's appointment as MMD spokesperson, Kabimba said Siliya's appointment clearly means that the MMD national executive committee (NEC) is not serious about their image in the eyes of the public.
"The reason given for her appointment is that she is a good communicator. But the question, which they need to answer, is whether or not she has a good profile against the background of the tribunal to boast the image of the MMD and win the confidence of the people. My immediate response to that is she is not the right person," he said.
Kabimba insisted that Siliya had no correct profile to boost the ruling party's image.
"Ultimately, against the fact that she has no profile it means the only credentials that she has for getting that job is that she is an Easterner. I mean you have two Easterners coming in the NEC at the same time, you remove a guy from Southern Province and bring in an Easterner and then you get another outsider ignoring the people that were doing the job inside and bring in another Easterner," Kabimba said.
"But you see, for anybody who knows RB President Rupiah Banda that is his formula of running public institutions wherever he has been. He has been known to that, the only new thing is that he has not graduated out of it.
"He hasn't been able to graduate out of it, which is very sad for the nation. And the people of Zambia need to watch out against a leader like that. He is certainly not a unifying factor both within the MMD and outside the MMD and that's why you hardly hear him preach about unity. You hardly hear RB making any statements about unity across ethnicity."
Kabimba said Siliya was welcome to real politics.
"She is welcome, she is now in the boxing ring and we welcome her. She should not cry gender when the political punches are unleashed on her," Kabimba said.
Kabimba said works and supply minister Mike Mulongoti had done a good job as acting information chairperson.
Over the weekend, MMD national secretary Dr Katele Kalumba announced that the ruling party had re-organised itself by bringing into the NEC former national secretary Vernon Mwaanga, Siliya, former Nyimba member of parliament Nyangu, and losing Solwezi Central member of parliament Albert Chifita. Jeff Kaande was dropped as party deputy national secretary.