Patrick advises MMD against using Chiluba at centre of its campaigns

Late president Levy Mwanawasa’s eldest son Patrick has advised the MMD against having former president Frederick Chiluba at the centre of its campaign strategy, according to the Post.
And Patrick said it was distasteful to learn that MMD youths issued derogatory remarks to FDD president Edith Nawakwi.

In an interview, Patrick said although he did not believe in political enemies, Chiluba’s role in the campaigns must be limited to a stealth activity.

“I personally do not believe in political enemies and so if Dr Chiluba wants to support the party for 2011, he should be embraced. After all, he is one of the founder members of the party but I have my reservations of having him at the core face of our campaign strategy and instead must be limited to a stealth activity,” Patrick said. “For example, the opposition are using the Church as an instrument to advocate for a change of government, but we can counter that by sending Dr Chiluba on a circuit to various churches of different denominations.”

Patrick said he could not deny that Chiluba was a charismatic man who could appeal to the masses.

“Not foregoing his misdeeds to the people of our land, his declaration of Zambia as a Christian nation is one of a few aspects which endear him to the people of our beloved country,” Patrick said. “Objectively speaking, there is a danger, however, of the Church being involved in active politics.

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