The Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has castigated Open Society Foundation Executive Director Sunday Chanda for accusing the former ruling party of being behind the massive unemployment in the country.
Open Society Foundation is a one man NGO with no offices and the person running it Sunday Chanda lost parliamentary elections last year in Kanchibiya in Muchinga province.
MMD Special Assistant to the Office of the National Secretary, Tobias Kafumukache charged that Chanda is only looking for a job in
government thus issuing such statements.
Kafumukache said to the contrary it is the Patriotic Front (PF) government that is to blame for the high un-employment levels as it
promised robust job creation to the citizens within few months of its taking over office adding that this unemployment is now prominent
because the people want to see results.
He added that the MMD was proud of its achievement in government especially the last three years where it managed to attract an
investment of over US$ 3 billion.
Kafumukache explained that this investment which was approved by relevant bodies had no doubt helped to create jobs for the Zambian
He said in the last three years the country saw the creation of jobs in the mining sector which had been abandoned.
Kafumukache who is also an aspiring candidate for the MMD Youth National Secretary position said this in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka today.
He advised Chanda to get his facts right by getting correct information on the MMD performance.
Kafumukache added that it was under the MMD government that the country graduated from the Highly Indebted Poor Country to grow its
economy by over 6 percent with a GDP of over US$ 20 billion.
Kafumukache has meanwhile asked the ruling PF to stop antagonizing MMD and concentrate on delivering its promises to the Zambian people.
Kafumukache said it was not necessary for the PF to continue dragging the former ruling party in its agenda by accusing it on many
issues instead of them concentrating on their work.
He said the MMD will take a non-confrontational stance because it wants to see the PF government work on its policies.
He also advised the government to consult the MMD on any matters of national importance adding that it was very willing to offer good
advice to government.
Mr. Chanda was quoted in the media as accusing the MMD of leaving a legacy of un-employment and corruption.