MMD ready contest an early general election

MMD cadres sing soliderity songs

The opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has maintained that it is ready to go for an early general election if the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) has come to a conclusion that the 2011 polls in which it came into power were not free and fair.

MMD vice president for administration Michael Kaingu says his party is also convinced that there is no way that the PF can win in the next general election especially that in the last general elections it allegedly campaigned unethically on the basis of deception.

Dr. Kaingu has told Qfm news in an interview that it is also not a matter of having financial muscle which the ruling PF can boast about to come back to power but the popularity that it has lost is that which will make it hard for it to get back to power be it in an early general election or the 2016 polls.

Dr. Kaingu has noted that a precedent has been set already in the country when the MMD, despite having the financial muscle, still lost to the ruling PF in the 2011 general elections and so the issue of having financial muscle is not attainable.

Asked whether the former ruling party has the capabilities to win the people’s trust once again as compared to the trust that ruling PF has been able to sustain, Dr. Kaingu asked people in the country to compare and contrast the performance of the MMD in its last five years and the performance of the ruling PF in the more than two years it has been power.

He says people wanted change when they voted the MMD government out of power but his party doubts whether, among other things, the removal of subsidies on fuel and maize is the change that people in the country were really looking when they gave the PF the mandate to rule.

He adds that it is for this reason why the former ruling party is also convinced that if people really knew that this is how the PF was going to perform they would have not voted for it.

The MMD vice president has suggested that the way forward is for the people in the country to now consider partnering with the former ruling party.