RB should be given another chance, FDD vice president

RB should be given another chance, FDD vice president

Chifumu Banda

Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) Vice president Chifumu Banda says his party will support President Rupiah Banda in this year’s election because it has not changed its position it took in 2008.
Chifumu told the Watchdog that the position the party took in 2008 of supporting President Banda still stands and would only be looked into during the forthcoming National Policy Committee (NCP) scheduled for this month end.
The NCP is the supreme body which will be looking and approving among other matters the adoption of the party’s presidential and parliamentary candidates ahead of the election this year if any.
In an interview with the Watchdog Wednesday on the FDD’s preparations for elections this year, Chifumu said his party still stands and believes in President Banda’s leadership because he has performed exceptionally well.
“President Rupiah Banda should be given another chance to lead the nation because he has performed exceptionally well. It is for everybody to see what he has done in the past three years he has been in office, that it why as a party we have not changed our position we took in 2008 of supporting his candidature,” said Chifumu.
The FDD vice president said President Banda has reduced the levels of poverty in the three years he has been in office, hence the need to support his final term of office.
Chifumu who is also Chasefu FDD member of parliament said although his party has not yet declared its position indicating the way forward in this year’s election, he was confident that President Banda was the only credible candidate.
“The three year’s President Banda has been in office have been the most challenging ones but at least he has managed to handle the pressure that come with those challenges, during his first months in office the entire world experienced the economical meltdown, that was a serious economical crisis but he calmly handled and managed the problem which would have seen this country collapse economically,” he
said.
And on his president Edith Nawakwi, Chifumu said it was not clear if she would contest for presidency because she has not yet declared so.
“It is entirely her decision to make, as I said she has not yet informed the party about her candidature and will be meeting to make our position known at the month end, we shall also look at the number of people who have applied to contest as MPs on the party ticket but all these must be credible people,” said Chifumu.
Meanwhile the Chasefu lawmaker says he is confident that he will return the seat on the FDD ticket because he has worked closely with the people in his constituency on developmental purposes.
“Right now am in my constituency busy campaigning and there is no chance for any other candidate to unseat me because the people I serve feel adequately represented, I have delivered the development and are also looking forward to retain me,” he said.

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