MMD defends itself

 It was shocking that the United Party for National Development (UPND) and Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) had continued to attack the MMD for supporting the Constitutional Amendment Bill, says MMD spokesperson Raphael Nakacinda.

UPND president Hakainde Hichilema has accused the MMD of voting for the 50 percent +1 vote clause and presidential running mate because they were lobbying with the Patriotic Front (PF) to provide the running mate.

FDD spokesperson Antonio Mwanza said instead of passing the Draft Constitution Bill as recommended by the people of Zambia, the MMD had opted to mutilate the Draft Constitution Bill to suit their selfish partisan interests.

But Mr Nakacinda said it was strange that some political parties are always cry-babies and will always look for something to cry about.

He explained that the wisdom behind MMD supporting the bill was not based on political interests, but on the interest of the Zambian people.

“It’s so surprising that both UPND and FDD have continued with their malicious accusations of MMD, for supporting the bill. I would like to say we did not do it for PF, we did it for the Zambian people,” Mr. Nakacinda said.

He said UPND and FDD would always find a fault in everything that the ruling party did.

Mr. Nakacinda however said UPND did not understand the pleasure of being in power because of opposition party had never been in power.

“In their quest to find a fault, even in a process where for the first time in the history of this country we have made some reasonable progress in as far as the constitutional making process is concerned, they want to argue.

“That’s the problem with these political parties; they are always cry-babies and will always look for something to cry about,” he said.

Mr. Nakacinda observed that having been in power for 20years, the MMD understood the importance of a new constitution for Zambians.

He said there was need for opposition political parties to understand that the bill was beyond political affiliation.

“Our aim was to basically get the bill on the floor of the house and let that process explore the thinking of all political players and stakeholders, we have to be patriotic and look at this sacred process beyond politics,” Mr. Nakacinda said.

He said MMD would always remain consistent and focussed to make progress whether on the constitution or development issues.

“As MMD, we don’t have the luxury that  FDD, UPND and other political parties have of not being in government and  doing illogical things, then later  give an excuse that we have never been in government therefore we did not understand,” Mr. Nakacinda said.