President Edgar Lungu
President Lungu with PF deputy Secretary General Mumbi Phiri at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport shortly before departure for Uganda on a two Day State Visit on July 23,2015 -Picture by THOMAS NSAMA

THE Patriotic Front has made it difficult for the MMD to survive in the last four years it has been in the opposition, party spokesperson Raphael Nakachinda has said.
Reflecting on the four years of MMD in the opposition, Mr. Nakachinda said it was public knowledge now that the MMD under the PF Government has not been given a breathing space to reorganize since it lost power in 2011.
Mr. Nakachinda complained that the PF wanted to wipe out the MMD.
“PF has been trying to wipe out the MMD since forming Government. The people of Zambia are aware that the PF petitioned almost all the seats the MMD won in the 2011 election and above that they went on the business of criminalizing certain individuals in an attempt to wipe out the former ruling party,” said Mr. Nakachinda.
He said the PF used the judiciary to weaken the party through court cases, adding that the past four years of MMD in the opposition has been rough and unbearable.
Mr. Nakachinda explained that the MMD leadership had not been spared with arrests and other harassments , resulting in many legal battles.
“Our party president Dr. Nevers Mumba has been arrested, taken to court in order to weaken him and in order to instill fear in him. There has also been attempts to deregister the MMD by the PF Government and when it failed all these schemes, they have now started sponsoring people to destabilise the opposition party,” said Mr. Nakachinda.


He said Dr. Mumba has been a strong leader whose focus has always been to save the MMD from diminishing.
But PF Lusaka youth chairman Kennedy Kamba said Mr. Nakachinda should not accuse the PF of destabilising the former ruling party.
Mr. Kamba challenged Mr. Nakachinda to explain the support Lunte Member of Parliament Felix Mutati was giving UPND president Hakainde Hichilema if it was also sponsored by the PF.
“Nakachinda should seriously reflect on the MMD’s future and why people are leaving the party rather than accusing others of its failures. The MMD is not inspiring anyone that is why people are leaving the party,” said Mr. Kamba.