MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya says the United Party for National Development (UPND) president HakaindeHichilema should consider contesting as a member of Parliament to gain experience on governance issues.
Meanwhile, Mr Hichilema has maintained that Patriotic Front (PF) president Michael Sata is to blame for the demise of the pact between the two parties.
“It is good that Mr Hichilema has learnt a lesson, and should now consider running for a parliamentary seat,” Ms Siliya said.
She said at a press briefing in Lusaka on March 9 there have been MPs who were presidents and presidents who are now MPs.
Ms Siliya said it is for this reason MMD is encouraging Mr Hichilema to re-channel his energy.
She said the pact between the UPND and the PF died a long time ago.
Ms Siliya condemned PF president Michael Sata and his party members’ attacks on the media.
“You cannot have a leader who is violent, and he has started inciting his members to be attacking journalists,” she said.
Ms Siliya said it is for this reason that Mr Sata should stop using youths for his fight for the presidency.
She said youths have a right to say no to a wrong thing because leaders like Mr Sata are not building the nation, but destroying it.
She said even when the MMD has lost about four by-elections, it has increased President Banda’s popularity since 2008.
“This is so because we don’t work with emotions, but strive for national development,” Ms Siliya said.
And Mr Hichilema has said Mr Sata wrote to his party saying the PF has stopped dealing with the UPND on the account of the latter’s national youth chairman Joe Kalusa who is alleged to have been issuing retrogressive remarks against the PF.
He said in a ZNBC TV story monitored in Lusaka on the evening on March 9 Sata’s remarks clearly demonstrate that he does not want to deal with the pact.
Mr Hichilema said he has since commenced campaigns ahead of this year’s elections as the UPND presidential candidate.
He said the Zambian people will be able to judge who has destroyed the pact.
“There is no way I can write to the PF that we have stopped dealing with them because of the failure to discipline WynterKabimba. It does not work like that,” Mr Hichilema said.
Mr Sata declined to comment on Mr Hichilema’s remarks.
And former Nchangamember of Parliament Charles Chimumbwa has commended Mr Hichilema for leaving Mr Sata.
Mr Chimumbwa said Mr Hichilema’s decision to dump Mr Sata is long overdue.
He said in a statement issued in Lusaka yesterday Mr Sata wanted to ride on the shoulders of Mr Hichilema to ascend to the presidency.
“Mr Hichilema should have made this decision of dumping Mr Sata a long time ago. He should have known earlier that Mr Sata was just wasting his time,” Mr Chimumbwa said.