Mr Banda said in Chipata yesterday that the opposition wanted to
discredit the Government by lying that MMD and Government officials
were involved in corruption.
People will use all kinds of means to discredit my Government so that
they can grab power from it, they call us all sorts of names and
accusing us of being corrupt, he said.
Speaking when he addressed scores of residents on arrival at Chipata
airport, Mr Banda urged MMD members and the public to be careful with
some political parties bent on discrediting the Government.
Mr Banda reiterated that he wanted to lead a strong and disciplined party, which stood on firm principles.
He said as MMD party president he would ensure that discipline was
maintained in the party in order for it to grow not only in Eastern
Province but in other parts of Zambia as well.
The president, who was welcomed by Presidential Affairs Minister,
Gabriel Namulambe, Health Minister, Kapembwa Simbao, Community
Development Minister, Michael Kaingu, Lusaka Province Minister, Lameck
Mangani, Tourism Deputy Minister, Vera Tembo, Zambian High Commissioner
to South Africa, Leslie Mbula, Zambian High Commissioner to Malawi,
Joshua Simuyandi and MMD deputy national secretary, Jeff Kaande, said
he would not tolerate unruly behaviour in the MMD.
Mr Banda is in Chipata to officiate at this year's N'cwala ceremony, which takes place at Mthenguleni today.
The president, who is accompanied by the First Lady Thandiwe together
with their twins, said this year's N'cwala traditional ceremony of the
Ngoni speaking people would be legendary because of the presence of
African National Congress (ANC) president, Jacob Zuma.
He said the Ngoni would have a rare privilege to meet one of their own true Ngoni from South Africa where they originated from.
It is legendary to see a person like him in Chipata, he is going to trace the routes of his ancestors in Zambia, he said
The ANC leader, who is the special guest at this year's N'cwala ceremony, is expected to arrive in Chipata via Mfuwe today.
Mr Banda also said that Zambia had much to learn from the ANC party
which he said was one of the oldest political parties in Africa.
Eastern Province Minister, Isaac Banda thanked the Government for
distributing farming inputs to farmers under the Fertiliser Support
Mr Banda said the province was geared for a bumper harvest except in
some parts of Chama and Lundazi districts, which experienced some dry
He also thanked the Government for allocating K10 billion in this
year's national Budget for the completion of the Chipata-Mchinji rail
And MMD provincial chairperson, Kennedy Zulu congratulated the
president for being elected party president by the national executive
He said the province has no doubt that the president would provide good leadership to the party.
He also assured the president that the province was still a stronghold
of the MMD and that no opposition political party would be allowed in
The president later called on Paramount Chief Kalonga Gawa Undi of the Chewa speaking people at his palace in Katete.
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