Zambia’s former ruling party, the Movement for Multi-party Democracy(MMD) today swore in their newly elected party president Dr. Nevers Mumba. Dr. Mumba was elected MMD president with a landslide victory over his closest rival Felix Mutati during the party’s 3rd extra ordinary convention held in all the country’s ten provinces.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony, Dr. Mumba apologized to the people of Zambia for the mistakes the MMD made during its time in power.
He said that as the new party president, he takes full responsibility for the wrongs that the MMD made during its tenure. He has further stated that he is committed to ensure that the corruption tag that hangs on the party is removed.
Dr Mumba disclosed that he has set up an anti-corruption sub-committee to sniff and stop any acts of corruption in the party. He has further proposed to the national executive committee that any member who aspires for national leadership declares his assets prior to being considered for any office.
And Former Republican President Rupiah Banda is confident that newly elected MMD president Nevers Mumba will steer the party back to power. Mr. Banda has since urged Dr. Mumba to stand firm and not be intimidated.
Speaking this morning during the inauguration ceremony of Dr. Mumba at Mulungushi International Conference Centre, Mr. Banda said that the MMD will remain a strong party.
He said that he was confident that the party will rise again and retain the people’s confidence in the 2016 elections. Mr Banda expressed confidence that Zambia shall be saved under the excellent leadership of Dr Mumba.
The former president has called on the MMD members not to be cowards but ensure that unity prevails in the party and beyond. He further called on Dr. Mumba to preach peace in the party and ensure that democracy is upheld for the benefit of the party.