PATROTIC Front (PF) secretary-general Davies Chama has dismissed allegations that the ruling party bribed MMD Solwezi West parliamentary candidate Fordson Malishinyi to withdraw his candidature from the September 24 by-election.
Mr Chama said in an interview yesterday that it would be worthless for the PF to bribe a parliamentary candidate from the MMD, which he described as a finished political party.
He said those claiming that Mr Malishinyi was bribed are just hallucinating because no one would want to contest the Solwezi West parliamentary seat on the MMD ticket.
“MMD is a finished party and no one would want to stand on such a party. Their candidate just withdrew voluntarily,” Mr Chama said.
He said PF would not waste money to bribe a candidate, especially from MMD because the opposition political party will soon cease to exist.
“It is like buying a finished car, which is beyond repair and expect that you are going to repair it,” Mr Chama said.
He said MMD cannot even be rated because it is just surviving on its members of Parliament (MPs).
Mr Chama said most MMD MPs have indicated that they will not contest elections on the party ticket next year.
He said it is likely that the MMD will not have MPs after 2016.
“The MMD has been performing badly since it lost power in 2011. the party is messed up and no one can be blamed,” he said.
He said Zambians have a tradition of never voting for a party which has lost power and there is certainly no hope for MMD.
Mr Chama said it is likely that Mr Malishinyi saw that he was not popular on the ground and knew for certain that he would not win and decided to withdraw from the race instead of being embarrassed.
“It is sad that we have been accused of such a corrupt practice which we cannot and did not do,” he said.
Mr Chama said the MMD is no longer a factor on the political scene.