MMD is still in good form and intact – Kaingu
The opposition Movement for Multi party Democracy (MMD) believes its party is still in good form and intact because it has been undergoing a cleansing process through its rebranding exercise.
In an interview with ZANIS yesterday, MMD Vice President for Political Affairs Michael Kaingu stated that MMD is intact as can be seen by the rebranding exercise which has taken center stage in the party.
Commenting on assertions by suspended MMD Copperbelt Youth Chairperson Joseph Chilambwe that the former ruling party has lost out its democratic values, Mr Kaingu said MMD has a leadership system which embraces unity, principles and values of democratic tenets.
Mr Kaingu added that the sentiments by Mr Chilambwe are his viewpoints and that he did not want to engage into verbal attacks with him saying there are a lot more of significant issues to talk about than to be politicking over Mr Chilambwe.
The MMD Vice President further disclosed that the party president would be going round provinces to update people on how the party is transforming itself for the betterment of the Zambians.
He observed that citizens should be aware of the important role the opposition plays in creating all necessary checks and balances towards the party in government.
Mr Kaingu said this is why Zambians should be strategically focused and positioned to give proper analytical views on different political parties for they equally have the responsibility to do so if they are to realize tangible changes to the country’s social and economic frontier.
And Mr Kaingu bubbled with confidence that the MMD would pull through in the fourth coming Parliamentary by-elections in the Mpongwe and Livingstone seat slated for February 28 next month.
He has since urged the media practitioners across the country to be sober and objective as they cover stories of any election nature.
Meanwhile, Veteran politician and opposition MMD founding member Mathias Mbirintengerenji has called on MMD founding party members to mediate the political wrangles that has rocked the party.
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday, Mr Mbirintengerenji said mediation is the only tool to reconcile both new and old members so that they embrace each other.
Mr Mbirintengerenji who is also former MMD Eastern Provincial Information and Publicity Secretary, said Mr Vernon Mwaanga, Mr Newstead Zimba, himself and other founding members should not pretend that there are no serious leadership wrangles in the former ruling party.
“It’s very unfortunate that there is a defacto party within our party, MMD and the only solution to resolve the impasse in our party is for senior members like VJ, me and others to advocate, mediate and make sure that the break-away party members are reconciled by bringing the two factions together,” Mr Mbirintengerenji said.
Mr Mbirintengerenji, a former trade unionist said in a multi-party dispensation like Zambia, there is need for the opposition to be strong and united in giving checks and balances to the party in government.
The immediate past ruling party (MMD) is divided with the Nevers Mumba led executive and the breakaway faction led by Richard Kachingwe daring each other, claiming legitimacy and expelling members who also do not accept decisions past against them.