President Rupiah Banda has said the Movement for Multi Party Democracy (MMD)was the only political party to steer the nation forward, beyond 2011.
And President Banda has challenged those in the opposition to join the ruling party saying they should not waist time being in the opposition.
Mr. Banda said the 2011 general elections were vital to the ruling party and critical to the party’s agenda.
The President called for hard work and unity among the MMD party members if the country’s peace and national development was to be strengthened.
“It is a party to which all of us should be proud to belong; those who are not members should come and join this party. It is the only party that will take care of us all Zambians and the party that will be able to frustrate reactionary activities in our country. We have to ensure that our country remains what we have always wanted it to remain, One Zambia, One Nation.
‘’This is the only party that will be able to fight for the development of this country as it goes forward. Civil servants and everyone in this country should be interested in strengthening of this party, which is the party that is binding the people of Zambia together.’’
President Banda said.
The President was speaking when he addressed scores of people who welcomed him at Mongu Airport . This was shortly after arrival from Lusaka aboard a ZAF plane.
Mr. Banda is in Mongu to open the MMD Provincial conference being held at Kambule Technical School .
The President has already opened similar conferences on the Copperbelt and Central Provinces and now Western Province .
He said the conference should result in deeper unity within the ruling party adding that it was a party for all the people of Zambia , in every corner of Zambia and uniting the country.
President Banda is accompanied by MMD Chief Whip Vernon Mwaanga, MMD Elections Chairman Mike Mulongioti among other MMD NEC members.
Cabinet ministers and several party cadres were on hand to receive the President at the airstrip.
President Banda returns to Lusaka soon after scheduled business in Mongu.