Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Joblessness will help MMD bounce back - Simbao
By Henry Sinyangwe
Thu 30 Jan. 2014, 14:01 CAT
THE MMD will take advantage of the large number of unemployed youths to bounce back to power in 2016, says party national secretary Kapembwa Simbao.
Simbao says the youth are no longer interested in trying new parties, hence their best choice would be to vote back the MMD in the belief that they had learnt a lesson after being voted out of power. The PF was voted into office by majority youths based on a 'more jobs' promise.
Simbao said the PF had failed to create jobs for the youths, whose number was expected to increase by the 2016 general elections.
"There was something like five million youths without jobs in 2011. The PF, even if they claim they have created 300,000 jobs and multiply that by five years, it will only come to 1.5 million, but by then, more youths would have come of age to start employment and if they don't work on this number which could have helped them, they will end up in 2016 with a bigger number of youths wanting to be employment. And so they are going to end up with another unhappy group that will want to see somebody else," he said.
Simbao said there was currently no favourite political party for the majority Zambians.
"Our party can bounce back to power because right now, the way I look at things, there is no favourite, and the PF are going down. It is difficult, of course, because the base of the PF, who are the young people, still have hope that they will see things better than they are now, but it's not true," he said.
Simbao said Zambians would not deem it fit to elect into office another new political party based on the experience they have had with the PF.
"When we come to 2016, they might not see it fit to pick another new party, because of the experience that they have gone through with the PF, so the chances are that they will come to us...and only us can provide them with jobs, and that's where our opportunity lies; that they might not go for another new party," he said.
Simbao said the PF was also facing a perception of corruption, which cost the MMD the 2011 general elections.
"The problem that we have right now is perception that the PF is corrupt, but that is just perception and no one so far has been proven that this guy is corrupt, but the perception is there and a very strong one. And that is what is going to damage the PF. Unless they work around this, they eliminate this perception from the civil service and the general public, it will cost them," said Simbao.