Katuba Member of Parliament Jonas Shakafuswa has said the ruling MMD is jittery about being ousted from power and that is why they are using cheap methods to propagate their agenda,
In an interview, Shakafuswa, who is a member of the opposition United Party for National Development (UPND), said it was unacceptable for the ruling party to use machinery such as the media to forward their agenda.
He said the MMD, under the leadership of President Rupiah Banda, has taken the country back to the UNIP era and said this is the reason Zambians needed to vote for ‘fresh’ leaders in order to realize change.
“The MMD is jittery and that is the reason they are using underhand methods to stay in power.
We need to avoid such politics where some parties and individuals take advantage of being in power and abuse state machinery such as we are seeing the abuse of media institutions,” he said. “These people should realize that they don’t own ZNBC or Times of Zambia, these media institutions belong to the people.”
Shakafuswa said it is clear that the Zambian electorate want real change, which the UPND was ready and able to deliver under the leadership of its leader, Hakainde Hichilema.
“We are promising real change. We need leaders with new blood, not leaders painted with corruption, and we have a fresh leader in Hakainde Hichilema,” he said.
On the statement by President Banda that he would only announce the date of this year’s elections after the Electoral Commission of Zambia 9ECZ) compiles that final voters’ register, Shakafuswa said the President has not stepped out of the Constitutional provisions.
“The announcement by the President is just what the Constitution provides for. He can only announce the date of elections after getting a report from the ECZ on the country’s preparedness to hold the general elections,” he said.
He urged those pushing President Banda to make known the date of this year’s general elections to give him time and also, to take into account the provisions of the Law on when the President is expected to dissolve Parliament.
Recently, there has been increased pressure for President Banda to announce the date of elections and dissolve Parliament, with some stakeholders arguing that allowing officials to continue serving as ministers was promoting the misuse of public resources by the same, through political campaigns.