MMD risks extinction -party official

Mike MulongotiThe ruling MMD Kasama Central Constituency chairperson Nathan Ilunga says the ruling party risks going into extinction if it continues pretending that all was well.

Mr. Ilunga has however commended MMD acting spokesperson Mike Mulongoti for being sincere when he ( Mr. Mulongoti ) observed that the ruling party lost both the Kasama and Solwezi central constituency by-elections because of losing touch with the glass root.

The MMD official said this in a release to ZANIS in Kasama today. He added that he fully agrees with the statement by Mr Mulongoti in which he observed that the party has lost touch with the glass root.

Mr Ilunga said the shortcomings in the ruling party were there for all to see and warned that if not addressed, the party should forget about being in power beyond 2011.

He alleged that party structures started dying out during the reign of the late President Levy Mwanawasa as he never funded them.

Mr Ilunga added that had it not been for the personal sacrifice by MMD Provincial Chairperson Griever Sikasote who has funded most party activities in the province, there could be no party at all in the region.

And Mr Ilunga has said President Rupiah Banda should not be judged based on the late Mwanawasa’s legacy as he had his own individual vision.

Mr Ilunga further claimed that MMD founding members were enduring a lot of frustrations as the party has diverted from its original ideals enshrined both in the manifesto and constitution.

Recently MMD acting spokesperson Mike Mulongoti was quoted as having said the loose in the Kasama and Solwezi central by elections was as a result of having lost touch with the grass root.

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