We do not engage traditional leaders through the press-MMD

Time Posted: August 8, 2014 12:52 pm


Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) in charge of communication in the office of the president Raphael Nakachinda says the party and its president does not engage with traditional leaders through the media.

Mr. Nakachinda said the party uses respectable means to engage traditional leaders in the country whenever there are concerns something he says has always been the party’s tradition due to the respect the party has for traditional leaders.

“We use respectable means to engage the chiefs and not the media so if there are any concerns either from the chief, the party or the president Dr. Mumba; we would rather engage the chief through dialogue at the chief’s palace and talk about it.

“I don’t think it would be wise for us to go against the principal that we have hold for over 20 years and that is to engage chiefs through dialogue,”
Mr Nakachinda said.

And Mr. Nakachinda has explained that the visit to the province was purely for two reasons; to attend to the Umutomboko traditional ceremony as well as drum up support for their candidates in the local government by-elections.

He adds that the party leadership will soon tour the province were they will meet traditional leaders as well as continue to re-organize the party for the 2016 general elections.

Mr. Nakachinda was reacting to Chief Chishinga’s complaint that MMD president Nevers Mumba did not pay a courtesy call on him while the opposition leader was in Kawambwa.