MMD, UPND alliance discussions on


The MMD and UPND have been holding discussions to form an alliance ahead of the 2011 elections, the Watchdog understands.
Andrew Banda, president Banda’s most politically active son, is said to be leading the negotiations on behalf of the ruling party. The Office of the President (OP) is said to be facilitating these negotiations.
Sources say the discussions are ‘very likely to bear fruits’ as the UPND has given two key conditions.
The UPND is said to have demanded that their leader Hakainde Hichilema should be made republican vice-president and that some of his MPs must be appointed to cabinet.
The other condition the UPND is said to have given is that former president Fredrick Chiluba should not be anywhere near president Banda or the MMD.
The UPND MPs said to be pushing for this deal are Emmanuel Hachipuka, Mbabala MP and chairperson of the parliamentary accounts committee and his Pemba colleague David Matongo.
Matongo is a former Member of the Central Committee of UNIP and therefore worked with president Banda. Hachipuka is a former Zambia Railways Managing Director.
Andrew Banda the president’s son now in Italy is a former UPND member. He is a former UPND national youth chairperson and was late Anderson Mazoka’ right-hand man. Mazoka fondly referred to him as ‘my own son’.
He was one of the individuals who designed the so called Mapatizya formula, a violent way of dealing with electoral malpractice.

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