Press statement for immediate release
DR NEVERS MUMBA SHOULD TAKE HEART, HE IS ALREADY A WINNER EVEN THOUGH HE HAS LOST THE ELECTION
Lusaka, Zambia, 21-01-15
As the final picture from Tuesday’s election emerges, we as MMD youths wish to categorically restate our support for our President Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba throughout this process and beyond.
The below par performance of the MMD should be viewed in the correct context by reviewing the pre election turmoil that characterised our election campaign.
The MMD suffered incessant attacks on its leadership both from within and outside the very moment Dr Mumba took over the party presidency.
As MMD leader, Dr Mumba demonstrated strong resolve when he fought against the insurgency by Major Richard Kachingwe and Co. and the attempts to deregister the MMD by the PF through its then Secretary General Wynter Kabimba.
Dr Mumba again had to summon his strong character to withstand a major revolt by Catherine Namugala which was followed by another turmoil instigated by the then two Vice Presidents Brian Chituwo and Michael Kaingu. This was also followed by the ill advised attempts by Rupiah Banda to return the MMD presidency.
The campaign period also saw majority of the MP’s abandoning the MMD by crossing the floor and leaving Dr Mumba almost singlehandedly on the campaign stage without MMD party structures.
With all these things put together, it was always going to be a mammoth task for the MMD to beat its 2011 record. For us, the mere fact that Dr Mumba was on the ballot paper means he is a winner given the rough terrain that he had to endure pre election period.
We believe the MMD under Dr Mumba is undergoing a painful cleansing process which may continue for a short while.
As MMD youths, we continue to pledge our loyalty and allegiance to Dr Mumba in this trying period and urge him to look towards 2016 with renewed hope and vigour.
To our fellow opposition parties, this is the time to reflect and the real purpose of our politics which is service of our people. We need to set aside our selfish and personal ambitions and regroup in order to reinforce our voice. The voter apathy could mean that trust and confidence in our ability to deliver has reached an all time low. This is a wakeup call on all of us to that which is honourable.
To Edgar Lungu who is the likely winner of this election, we appeal to him to dissolve the PF cabinet by ushering in a new breed of leaders that will help him unite the country. We urge him to consider adopting a new republican Vice President outside the PF as a way of uniting the nation.
We also appeal to the incoming President to stiffen the fight against corruption by ensuring that all those people currently facing corruption charges are given an opportunity for their cases to be fully heard by the competent courts.
Aborting ongoing corruption cases at this stage would send a bad signal to the local and international development partners on the new administration’s commitment to the fight against corruption.
We send our heartfelt congratulations to the winner of this election without any reservations. We floated the best candidate in Dr Mumba who possesses the best set of quality needed in modern political leadership. Dr Mumba has leadership based on morality, integrity and accountability. The final choice was for the Zambians to make and we respect that.
To our fellow compatriots, let us continue to preserve our peace and the unity we have shared throughout our 50 year history.
I thank you
Issued by: Bowman Lusambo
MMD Die Hard Youth Wing Coordinator