‘HH, Sata criticism on RB normal’

Community development and social services minister, Michael Kaingu says the criticism on President Rupiah Banda by the opposition PF-UPND pact is normal because all opposition political parties world over were behaving in the same manner.

But Mr Kaingu warned that the negative criticism being targeted at President Banda by some MMD members will not be tolerated.

The Minister who said this when he paid a courtesy call on Chief Mwanachingwala of Mazabuka at his palace assured the Chief that the criticisms on President Banda was being perpetrated by a few disgruntled party members and has no capacity to destroy the party and the vision of the President.

Mr Kaingu challenged MMD members attacking the President to make their position known on which political platform they belong.

And the Minister said the MMD does not take the criticism by PF leader, Michael Sata and UPND leader, Hakainde Hichilema as being offensive because they are interested in going to State House.

Mr Kaingu also praised the people of Southern Province for rejecting the PF through the ballot.

Meanwhile, Mr Kaingu has commended Chief Mwanachingwala for the crucial role he played in influencing other chiefs in the province to rally behind President Banda during the Presidential By-election.

He said without the chief’s support, the MMD would have had serious problems to gain the 52,000 votes the President scored.

And Chief Mwanachingwala said he will continue supporting President Banda’s government.

He said chiefs play an important role in advising government on key national issues.

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