Magande begins 2011 Presidential campaign

EXPELLED MMD Chilanga Member of Parliament (MP) Ng’andu Magande has launched his campaign for his presidential bid in 2011 through a political movement called the National Movement for Progress (NMP), currently distributing campaign fliers in Southern Province.

According to one of the fliers obtained by the Times in Monze, the former Finance and National Planning minister claims to have been the architect of the economy during the reign of the late president Levy Mwanawasa.

“This son of mother Zambia tried his best to transform the Zambian economy working together with the late president Levy Mwanawasa SC,” reads the flier authored by “concerned public servants”.

“You and I experienced and appreciate the positive change in our economy that came with reform and management style under his stewardship,” it reads.

Mr Magande’s campaign claims Zambia’s standing with the international community had greatly improved and that Zambians were well respected worldwide because of his leadership.

Efforts to get a comment from Mr Magande failed, as his mobile phone remained switched off.

Mr Magande recently told a tabloid that he would leave his options open to either form a new political party or join the existing ones.
The MMD recently expelled Mr Magande from the ruling party.

When contacted for comment Patriotic Front (PF) leader Michael Sata said Mr Magande had a democratic right to form a party.

“We are not in a one party State. Any body that wants to form a party is free to do so,” he said.

MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya refused to comment and only stressed that Mr Magande and Kafulafuta MP George Mpombo were no longer members of the ruling party.

UPND acting spokesperson Douglas Syakalima said the party would only comment after Mr Magande officially announced his intentions.

[Times of Zambia]

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