Wednesday, June 02, 2010
By Sandra Lombe and Edwin Mbulo in Livingstone
Wed 02 June 2010, 04:01 CAT
VICE-President George Kunda (left) has said the MMD will soon start pounding the UPND in Southern Province. Speaking on Monday upon his arrival at Livingstone Airport, Vice-President Kunda said the MMD had continued to grow stronger in Southern Province.
“Thank you for receiving us very well… I have with me ministers of lands, livestock and fisheries and local government and housing. I can even see Honourable Regina Musokotwane of the UPND a party which is losing its grip in Southern Province,” Vice-President Kunda told people that welcomed him at the airport.
“I will not say things that are scandalous because of the presence of the Speaker. The MMD is growing stronger by the day. On the Copperbelt, key members of the PF have joined the MMD. I am giving notice that we shall start pounding the UPND soon. UPND has lost members to ADD interim leader Charles Milupi’s party.”
Vice-President Kunda said Livingstone City Council would remain suspended.
“Livingstone is very dear to us. I know that the council is suspended and it shall remain so. The administrator that has been put in place has done very well, we need a council that is a role model as we need to develop the tourism sector,” Vice-President Kunda said.
And Livingstone MMD secretary Emmanuel Siamwela caused laughter when he said he was happy to see a new Vice-President Kunda because he expected to see disaster.
“I’m proud to see you look brand new unlike our critics. I had thought I would see disaster, but I’m happy to see you,” he said. “I would like to inform you that we have a bereavement in Kazungula as we lost three teachers who died in a road accident.”
Siamwela said the MMD was very strong in the province and the party was busy encouraging its cadres to form clubs to take advantage of the government facilities that had been put in place.
But Southern Province UPND vice-chairman John Chidyaka said Vice-President Kunda was showing off in an area where the MMD can never win an election.
“It is just a sign of show-off, he had nothing to say. That is why he says that he would soon be pounding us. How many times has he been here and failed, even in Livingstone he failed to hold a meeting in Kasiya during a by-election,” he said.
“It is the MMD which is dead here in Southern Province and they should just start packing instead of even suggesting that we get into an alliance.”
Chidyaka said he was saddened with MMD parliamentary chief whip Vernon Mwaanga's suggestions that the UPND and MMD should form an alliance.
“I know that VJ was at the airport and for him to hear what Kunda has to say about the UPND, I think he now realises that the MMD and UPND are like an antelope and a lion. We are forming the next government and let Kunda make sure that he makes himself more happy now because he would be sad in 2011,” Chidyaka said.
Southern Province PF chairman Joseph Akafumba said Mwanga's suggestions that the UPND and MMD should form an alliance was just a divide and rule tactic.
“The MMD has been attacking the Pact from the word go and it is a sign that they are scared. Now they are trying to divide the Pact by all means. Just look at what happened at the Police Force Headquaters. Kabonde now has taken over the role of the intelligence wing to sniff around as to who will be a presidential candidate in 2011 for the Pact. They will not win so let them pack and wait for 2011,” Akafumba said.
Vice-President Kunda was in Livingstone to officiate at the 27th plenary session of the SADC Parliamentary Forum being held at the Zambezi Sun.