As MMD North, we would like to make it clear to the nation that we sighed a great sigh of relief with the landmark Supreme Court ruling of 18th December, 2014 which gave back the MMD Presidential candidacy to the rightful owner, Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba.
We wholeheartedly support him to be voted in as in-coming Republican President on 20th January, 2014. We want to assist the nation understand the dynamics of Culture and Politics here in our own region of Northern Province.
Wibala ing’wena elyo amatako yali mu menshi
In icibemba we say “Takalaba wakunyelele” (You can never forget one who defeacated on you) and “Wibala ing’wena elyo amatako yali mu menshi (Don’t provoke a crocodile while your buttocks are still in the river).
The Patriotic Front and Michael Sata, in spite of receiving an overwhelming vote from Northern Province in 2011, turned against us and have humiliated, mocked and insulted our Paramount Chief Chitimukulu Henry Kanyanta Sosala.
The entire chiefdom was undressed to the extent of even sending hundreds of police officers who surrounded him and held him under siege, preventing him from being installed on his throne at the palace. This has resulted in the entire Bemba kingdom failing to hold their beloved annual traditional ceremony of “Ukusefya pa ng’wena” for three years now. Infrastructure development is yet another mockery.
Throughout this period of humiliation, fear and grief, MMD and Dr Mumba fearlessly stood by the people of Northern Province and encouraged the Bembas to be strong, look up to God, and never to kneel down before any politician but only God himself.
The MMD structures braved the armed police and supported the movement of the Paramount Chief from Senior Chief Mwamba to become the Mwine Lubemba. During that time, the people of Northern Province never saw any other leader firmly on their side apart from Dr Mumba who in turn was also harassed by the PF.
Scramble to kneel before the Chitimukulu
Now that it is election time, we have seen every presidential candidate rushing to Northern Province claiming they support us and that they will gazette the Chitimukulu if they win elections. Where were they when we were suffering? Only Dr. Mumba stood with us.
The PF is promising to recognize our one and only Paramount chief only now that there are elections which is a total mockery.
They are insincere and they think that they are dealing with little children who can be easily fooled. This is a message to let them know that we know what we want and we know who has stood by us at the worst possible time.
It is on this basis that we urge the entire Northern Province to give Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba our 100% vote in the coming election. The issue of treacherous Muhabi Lungu and other MPs endorsing different presidential candidates has nothing to do with our already made decisions and if anything, will just boost the votes for Dr Mumba because people are in sympathy with him looking at the way these selfish job seekers and money mongers betrayed him.
INFORMATION AND PUBLICITY SECRETARY, NORTHERN PROVINCE