Youth wing backs Nevers Mumba for the post of President for MMD
THE Die Hard MMD youth wing has backed the candidature of former Zambian High Commissioner to Canada Nevers Mumba to take over the party presidency from current holder former republican President Rupiah Banda.
National co-ordinator Bowman Lusambo said in Lusaka yesterday though other party officials named in the former ruling party’s presidential race equally have leadership skills, Dr Mumba is the best candidate.
Others reportedly vying for the MMD presidency include former minister of Commerce and Lunte member of Parliament Felix Mutati, former minister of Defence Kalombo Mwansa, Chisamba member of Parliament Moses Muteteka and former minister of Foreign Affairs and Kasempa member of Parliament Kabinga Pande.
“We think Nevers Mumba can push us from where we are now to the next stage, probably taking us back into power. We know that Nevers Mumba will work with the youths, all structures of our party, the Church and ordinary Zambians.
“We want to encourage the MMD youths to come together and support his candidature because we, as the party youth wing, have received warm welcome from the general party membership in all the provinces. We have also received a lot of support from the intellectuals with whom we have shared this idea (of supporting Dr Mumba),” Mr Lusambo said.
He said Dr Mumba has leadership qualities that the MMD needs in its current state.
He said the tele-evangelist and former diplomat, who once served as republican vice-president in former President Levy Mwanawasa’s administration, is charismatic, clean, has the ability to interact with all citizens regardless of their political affiliation and has vast experience in relating with the international community.
Mr Lusambo warned that the MMD youths will not support any candidate who will engage in corrupt practices in a bid to win the presidency.
“If we hear that anyone is dishing out money we shall report that person to NEC (national executive committee) and demand the expulsion of that particular candidate because we don’t want corruption. We want to have a new MMD with a new image and strategies,” he said.
Mr Lusambo said all the presidential hopefuls must exercise their democratic right in a decent manner. Mr Lusambo said the MMD youths are aware that a named senior female party official is scheming to disturb the democratic process of electing a new president.
He warned the official in question to stay away from the process because she has misled the party before and is still capable of doing the same. Mr Lusambo said the MMD youths will maintain respect for Mr Banda and former vice- president George Kunda and pledged to work with the two on all matters concerning the party’s welfare.
Mr Banda, who went through unopposed at the party national convention held in Kabwe early this year, has fallen out of favour with the party after the MMD lost the September 20 tripartite elections to the ruling Patriotic Front.
Meanwhile, opposition MMD national youth chairperson Moses Muteteka has called on party members to give chance to the national executive committee (NEC) to select an acting president of the party.
Mr Muteteka, who has applied for the position of acting party president, said he is ready to take up the position and re-organise the former ruling party ahead of the 2016 tripartite elections.
He said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday he will contest the position as announcement by MMD national secretary Richard Kachingwe, who called on individuals desiring the position to express their interest and apply.
Mr Muteteka, who is also member of Parliament for Chisamba, said he has been in politics long enough and has the capacity to provide leadership to both the young and old.
He also welcomed the decision by the party’s NEC to invite applications from suitably qualified members to take over the leadership of the opposition party following former President Banda’s intention to retire from active politics.
Mr Muteteka said the party needs a vibrant and youthful leader and that if elected acting party president he will work hard and help the party to win the 2016 tripartite elections.
“I have applied to NEC, and I’m hoping that I am given chance to be elected as acting president so that we can organise our party ahead of the 2016 elections.
I’m mature enough to provide the leadership that the MMD party wants,” Mr Muteteka said.
[Zambia Daily Mail]