THE MMD has appealed to its members across the country not to despair but remain stead fast despite having retained one out of the four seats in the just ended parliamentary by-elections.
MMD president Nevers Mumba has also congratulated Victoria Kalima who retained her Kasenengwa seat on the former ruling party with a landslide victory of more than 10,000 votes with her closest rival from the Patriotic Front (PF) trailing at just more than 3,000.
Dr Mumba said while the MMD had lost four out of the five parliamentary by-elections, it was important for the former ruling party to remain calm and united as it was working out strategies on how to bounce back to power in 2016
He said the MMD was still a strong political party that had all that it needed to bounce back to power in 2016 but that there was need for unity and harmony to prevail in the former ruling party because the next general elections were no more than two years.
“As the MMD, we should continue remaining stead fast despite not having the ability to retain some of our seats. I appeal to all our members to remain united and soldier on as we prepare for the 2016. We have all it takes to bounce back to government in 2016,” Dr Mumba said.
And Dr Mumba has congratulated Ms Kalima for having retained her seat with an overwhelming landslide adding that the return of the Kasenengwa MP to Parliament was going to benefit not only the people of her constituency but the country as a whole.
Dr Mumba said the victory by Ms Kalima was sweet adding that the Kasenengwa MP together with all the MPs in Eastern Province had put up a spirited fight in the just ended parliamentary by-elections.
He paid tribute to all his candidates in the five constituencies for their commitment and determination to serve the MMD and Zambians through Parliament.
Dr Mumba said the MMD would continue with all the candidates who participated in the five by-elections advising that the candidates should not lose focus because 2016 was fast approaching.