Patriotic Front (PF) Chisokone branch chairperson Mulunda Mwanza has disputed MMD popularity claims in Chisokone market.
Reacting to statements by Zambia National Marketeers Association (ZANAMA) officials on national television that the entire Chisokone market is rallying behind President Rupiah Banda in this years elections, Mwanza says the MMD is a long gone party and that the area is still a strong hold for the opposition PF.
He says the MMD is now talking about the PF because it has realized how popular the opposition political party is.
And Mwanza says ZANAMAs decision to invite MMD officials into Chisokone market recently is proof that the association is an organ of the ruling party.
And Mwanza has condemned incessant harassment s of media practitioners by the ruling MMD.
Mwanza says it is unfortunate that pro-government Non Governmental Organizations did not come out strongly to condemn the recent harassment of a MUVI TV News crew by MMD cadres.
And Mwanza has wondered why the harassment of journalists has continued despite assurances by President Rupiah Banda that no media practitioners will be harassed ahead of the tripartite elections.
He has since challenged the Zambia police service to act professionally and ensure that perpetrators of violence within the ruling party are brought to book.