Nevers Mumba has joined the race to become the MMD candidate in the forthcoming presidential by-elections.
In an interview, Dr Mumba confirmed that he had presented his application to the MMD secretariat but refused to comment further.
Asked when he rejoined the MMD after having been Reform Party (RP) president, Dr Mumba said the MMD secretariat had all those details.
“I have applied but for further details you can contact the secretariat,” Dr Mumba said.
On his website Dr Mumba is quoted as saying “I believe in Zambia. I also believe in the Zambian people. We have what it takes to move our country out of this valley of poverty and despair. History encourages us with nations that had sunk and yet through a unified resolve, ended up on top…There is hope for Zambia. Hope for us to transform ourselves into a prosperous nation.”
Dr Mumba, 48, was a presidential candidate in 2001 when he lost to the late President Mwanawasa, who in May 2003 appointed him vice-president, the position he held until October 2004 when he was dropped.
He holds an honourary doctorate from Flint and an associate degree from Christ for the Nations Institute in the United States of America.
MMD Administrative Secretary, Augustine Chapita, said in an interview in Lusaka that a member who resigns from the party and wishes to come back should re-apply to the party’s branch committee before the National Executive Committee (NEC) considers such a one.
Mr. Chapita was commenting on former republican Vice President, Nevers Mumba’s application for adoption as the MMD’s presidential candidate in the forthcoming presidential by elections.
He explained that only persons who have been members for two years were eligible to contest any position in the party and contest elections on the party’s card.
The MMD presidential candidate would be chosen by the party’s national executive committee currently comprising 55 members on September 5.Meanwhile Minister of Home Affairs, Ronnie Shikapwasha has also joined the race for MMD presidency.
He is quoted as saying “I can confirm that I am going for the position because this has been done after wide consultation. I cannot say much but I hope I will be given a chance to serve the nation.”
Dr. Mumba and General Shikapwasha joined other contenders, who include acting president Rupiah Banda, former vice-president, Enock Kavindele, and former Works and Supply, Minister Ludwig Sondashi.
Others are Lusaka businessman, Sebastian Kopulande, former Constitution Review Commission (CRC) Chairman, Willa Mung’omba, Finance Minister, Ng’andu Magande and Minister of Health, Brian Chituwo.