According to ZANIS, President Banda advised the party cadres in the Province not to pay attention to the insults he was receiving everyday from political opponents but to re-organise the party.
He said his political opponents had thought that he would fail to rule the country because he came in at the time when the whole world was going through the economic crisis. “Don’t pay attention to the insults they shower me with everyday, I am used to the insults, they started from the time it was known that I was the MMD candidate, I have defeated them before and I will still defeat them,’ he said. The president further reminded his political opponents that he was the only candidate that was voted for by people from all tribes, districts and provinces. “All people, tribes, districts and provinces voted for me, other candidates have failed for three times, he did not even pass grade nine and twelve how can he compete with a graduate with two degrees, he was born a failure,” he said. The President said the government of the day had a duty to make the country a stable place to live in. The president was speaking this morning at the Ndola International Airport when he arrived at 10:40hours aboard the presidential jet from Lusaka on his way to Zambia Telecommunications College (Zamtel) training college where he is scheduled to address workers later this morning.
The President who explained that his visit to Ndola is to talk to Zamtel employees, stressed that his government would solve the problems Zamtel was facing . And speaking earlier MMD Copperbelt Provincial Chairman Joseph Chilambwe said the cadres in the province get disturbed when they see insults being directed at the President. Mr Chilambwe said the MMD still wondered why some media were being used as conduits of insults. “Mr President we wonder why some Medias are being used as conduits of insults, in fact they do not even have money to runaway if something happened in the country,” he charged.
And Copperbelt Provincial Minister Mwansa Mbulakulima in his welcoming remarks said the President had brought the world closer to Zambia. “You have brought the world closer to Zambia; we have observed visitations of neighbouring heads of state because you are showing us that Zambia is not an Island but that it rather needs to network with other countries. He said the Province was happy that the current leadership was stabilizing the country and added that as a Province, Copperbelt stood ready to partner with the President.
The President is expected at Zamtel training college, where he will address workers before departure for Luapula Province by mid morning where he is expected to grace this year’s Umutomboko ceremony of the Lunda people of the Mwata Kazembe. The President entourage includes Finance and National Planning Minister Musokotwane Situmbeko, Communications and Transport Minister Geoffrey Lungwangwa and Ambassador Bob Samakai.