Wednesday, May 23, 2012
By Kombe Chimpinde
Wed 23 May 2012, 10:00 CAT
IT'S finished for MMD and the party can never bounce back to power, says veteran politician Daniel Munkombwe.
Munkombwe, a former minister in the MMD, said it is wishful thinking to assert that the MMD would bounce back to power, saying it will be mere luck for the former ruling party to win another election following its loss to the Patriotic Front in last September's general elections.
He was commenting on claims by some MMD members that the party would come back to power in 2016.
"I wish the MMD and the individual that will emerge party president on Friday after the provincial conventions luck in their endeavor to re-seek the leadership mandate of the country in 2016 from the Zambians," said Munkombwe who has since announced his retirement from active politics.
"…If they think they can bounce back, better for them. History can be defied but perhaps very rarely."
He said the PF had gained massive influence and approval to be in government as reflected by the manner Zambians voted in the September 20 elections.
"A difference of 188, 000 people is a large margin. It is second to what happened in the 1991 when we (UNIP) were voted out of power by MMD," he said. "This is a second rebellion against a political party."
During campaigns for the MMD presidency, those vying for the top leadership of the party have expressed confidence that they would win the coming presidential and general elections in 2016.
And Munkombwe said he felt he should not play a significant role in politics, being just a few years younger than Dr Kenneth.
"I want to work for a few years that I have to live. I am 80 years old. Some other people must come in and help build the country. It is been unreasonable of an individual to continue politicking at 80," said Munkombwe. "Dr Kaunda is seven years older than me. He has given it up."