Movement for Multiparty Democracy President Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba has refuted claims made by some MMD Members of Parliament that the party is in an alliance with United Party For National Development. Speaking yesterday at the party secretariat after a meeting that discussed the matter, Dr Mumba expressed dismay that these MPs have resorted to telling outright lies and have exhibited duplicity in their behaviour without remorse.
Dr Mumba explained that when the National Executive Committee met on 16th November 2014, they requested him to pursue the possibility of an alliance with UPND and secondly to speak to Rupiah Banda about his role in the campaign. Dr Mumba was very emphatic that this did not mean the alliance was sealed, but was still under discussion.
Dr Mumba stated that it is very dishonest for these MPs to be claiming that they are following his instructions to go ahead with the alliance when the truth is that the talks about it with UPND were inconclusive. The same MPs have opposed and resisted his instructions in the past. Some of them initially supported Mr Rupiah Banda’s candidature but have now changed camps to support Mr Hichilema after the Supreme Court ruling that affirmed Dr Mumba as MMD candidate.
When asked about possible action against the rebel MPs, Dr Mumba said that the MMD leadership has received numerous complaints from the constituencies affected and that some of them have already instituted disciplinary procedures against the erring MPs to either suspend or expel them and have been urging the NEC to take immediate action.
Dr Mumba said that it was absurd and unacceptable for MMD MPs who got into parliament through the hard work and sweat of the party structures to be now campaigning for a rival candidate and even have the cheek to tell their fellow MPs to quit the party and join the UPND.
In his strongest statement on the matter, he said his duty was to defend the party from enemies within and without, and that he would not be held to ransom by selfish short-sighted politicians who have no interest in the MMD surviving, but are active destroyers.