President Rupiah Banda says the ruling MMD party will hold a convention contrary to allegations that they do want to do so.
President Banda said this today, when he addressed several Solwezi residents at Solwezi airport on arrival from Chipata Eastern Province.
He said his party has not refused to hold a convention as being expressed in sections of society that that it was only concentrating on development.
Mr. Banda, noted that people should not be destructed by issues of the convention but instead focus on strengthening the party.
Calls for the ruling party to hold the convention have in recent months reached a mix of opinions throughout the country with a number of provincial MMD committees suggesting that the convention should not be held as Mr Banda would be the sole candidate at the convention.
Northern Province MMD Provincial chairperson Grievas Sikasote said during Mr Banda’s tour to the Province that the convention will only drain the party coffers which can be used in other developmet areas.
Meanwhile, Mr Banda has thanked the MMD party membership in Northwestern Province for dignity to the party and the Presidency.
The President has further urged people of Solwezi not worry about the PF/UPND pact which he said has no basics.
Mr. Banda urged Solwezi residents to vote for MMD candidate Albert Chifita for the forthcoming November 19, 2009, Solwezi Central Bye- elections seat.
The seat fell vacant due to the untimemly death of area Member Ben Tetamashimba, recently.
The PF/UPND pact is fielding Watson Lumba, Forum for Democratic Alternative (FDA) is fielding Muhammed Kalela while Thomas Kafula will stand as an independent candidate.
And Noth western MMD chairperson Peter Patel has said that MMD will not lose the seat at all costs.
Mr. Patel said the party is strong in the province and would beat the pact come November 19th.
President Banda is in Solwezi to drum up support for MMD candidate for the November 19th Solwezi central by elections.