Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD)’s President Nevers Mumba has said that his party is not in an alliance with the ruling Patriotic Front(PF).
In a statement released to the media, the MMD President said that Zambians should be informed that the perceived alliance between MMD and PF is non existent.
“The relationship which exists today is between PF and Mr. Rupiah Banda and his followers who went with him following the Supreme Court ruling, ” Dr Mumba said.
Dr Mumba also added that it was both malicious and illegal for any media house to talk about a PF/MMD alliance, stating that the correct position is that, after the December 18th Supreme Court ruling, the former head of state Mr Rupiah Banda decided to cross to the PF camp and campaigned for the PF with his supporters who had been spearheading his candidature on the MMD ticket.
” This group does not represent MMD anymore as they crossed the political floor when they abandoned their own party in preference for another,” he said.
Dr Mumba also dispelled assertions that he had been given a diplomatic job by the current government, saying that these were desperate attempts by immoral individuals who had tried everything the past three years to destabilize his party, but failed.
“They are now grasping at any straw they can find. If all we needed was money, we would not be the most attacked party in the nation. Buyers have realized that MMD is not for sale. Nevers Mumba is not for sale, ” he said
Below is the full Press Statement:
PRESS BRIEFING, 17TH JUNE 2015, LUSAKA.
It is most appropriate that today, I make certain pronouncements regarding the State of our Nation and that of our own party.
The devastating blow which hit our party prior to the 20th of January election is not a secret. Any one who downplays the self inflicted implosion is to say the least being unrealistic. As a result of the implosion our participation in the last Presidential election was only done as a show of unrelenting courage.
Our opponents have used our poor showing in the last election as an opportunity to define us as a diminished party. All this is expected and every Zambian is entitled to their own opinion. But there are those with honest and analytical minds who see things differently. They have seen a gallant, resilient leadership which has fought for the survival of democracy with spirit and soul. Against all odds, we have stopped the suicidal mission the party seemed to have prescribed for itself since the loss of power in 2011. Several groups have risen to fight the new leadership in order to weaken and diminish the prospects of the party.
Under my leadership, I will not allow anyone in the party to hold a pity party. We must turn our pain into a plan to bring back the party on course and overtake those who believe they are now untouchable, and this we shall do and succeed. A leader is not a manager but a trail blazer and a commander of war. It has become obvious that after the loss of 2011, MMD did not need a basic manager but a fighter and resilient leader.
I can attest to the fact that, we have fought a good but turbulent fight of faith. A fight to keep democracy alive.
The NEC held a successful meeting last Saturday and made very important resolutions. The first one is the affirmation that MMD shall not die. As President of the Party, I wish to assure all our members nationwide wide, that I shall not and will not abandon you. I will provide strong and unwavering leadership to our party during this turbulent season.
The NEC resolved as follows; “……..
The party has decided to lift suspensions and expulsions meted out on several members of the party who in the last election supported other parties outside their own. All those forgiven shall receive official letters within this week clarifying this reconciliatory move.
The MMD is not in any alliance with any political party. We have started the process we have been waiting for of setting up leadership structures from the grassroots.
Zambians should be informed that the perceived alliance between MMD and PF is non existent. The relationship which exists today is between PF and Mr. Rupiah Banda and his followers who went with him following the Supreme Court ruling. It is both malicious and illegal for any media house to talk about a PF/MMD alliance. The correct position is that, after the December 18th Supreme Court ruling, Mr. Rupiah Banda decided to cross to the PF camp and campaigned for the PF with his supporters who had been spearheading his candidature on the MMD ticket.
This group does not represent MMD any more as they crossed the political floor when they abandoned their own party in preference for another.
There has been talk for a possible working relationship between the legitimate MMD and PF but no party to party talks have so far taken place and no memorandum of understanding has been signed.
My silence in the last four months has been used to reflect, strategize and recast the vision of the party to the general membership. This has been done through consultations, the two NEC meetings already held, four Politburo meetings and a National Policy Conference which brought 92 districts together to cast the vision for the party. Now that this process is complete, the NEC meeting of last Saturday 13th June resolved that the national tour and re organization program be now launched.
To enhance this resolution, the NEC lifted all suspensions on Members of Parliament who appeared before the National Disciplinary Committee. The NEC has further lifted the expulsions on three of the five Members of Parliament who were expelled in January this year.
This is to enhance the new spirit of reconciliation. The other two MPs whose expulsions still remain, are free to take advantage of the spirit of reconciliation extended to all well meaning members who shall approach the leadership of the party to state their willingness to return to their party and respect the rules and regulations of the organization. Unfortunately, the NEC meeting had to take stern action against three NEC members who have continued to injure the party. The three members of NEC have been expelled from the party for gross insubordination and destabilization of the party, (All the affected are separately recorded in the attachment)
At the appropriate time as stipulated by our constitution, the NEC shall announce the date of the Convention after elections at lower levels are concluded. There are those who seem to want to use the issue of the convention as a political weapon to sabotage the party. They shall not succeed. We are aware of a group of individuals calling themselves founders of the party who are holding meetings outside the provisions of our constitution to force a convention so that they can use the process to high jack the party and then drag the party to a known political organization.
This shall never happen under my watch. MMD shall emerge as the most resilient party. Most of these people coming together have been of no help to the party since losing power and a number of them are known to belong to other political parties. We urge those detractors to end their futile activities and concentrate on helping the party to regain its strength.
4. By- Elections:
MMD has deep wounds that must heal before we can effectively participate in by elections. The leadership decided not to participate in Malambo, Petauke, and Mulobezi as a realistic and common sense approach. You cannot take wounded soldiers to battle. A cheap rumour has been going round that our NEC has been given money in exchange for non participation in the on going elections.
Another rumor has been that I have been given a diplomatic job by the current government. These are desperate attempts by immoral individuals who have tried everything the past three years to destabilize the party, but failed. They are now grasping at any straw they can find. If all we needed was money, we would not be the most attacked party in the nation. Buyers have realized that MMD is not for sale.
Nevers Mumba is not for sale. It is for this reason that they have waged war against us and me personally to force us to succumb. Some are even claiming that they have swallowed MMD! This is meant to be an arm twisting strategy to make us surrender. This will not and shall not happen.
We are regrouping with a refined leadership which shall not follow the wind but their hearts and conviction. Any leader who can be bought with money by another party is not worth fighting for. His or her motivation is money and therefore, their usefulness is highly compromised.
Our focus is to fully engage the Zambian people in readiness for the 2016 General Election. In order to further strengthen the party, we shall soon fill the vacant NEC positions including those of the two Vice Presidents. We are eager to start with speed.
STATE OF THE NATION:
The state of the economy is in the decline with the cost of living rising at an alarming rate. Zambians are struggling to pay for their electricity whose cost has doubled in the last two years. Zambians are failing to pay their rentals resulting in many of our citizens being evicted from their homes.
Motorists have to deal with increased cost of fuel resulting in increased fares for the ordinary Zambians. Parents are now failing to pay school fees for their children, bringing great stress to families and increasing the divorce rate in the country. There is great distress in the nation.
It is for this reason that we find it difficult to understand why PF thinks it is important to waste time and much needed resources to buy suffering cadres from other parties in the hope of purchasing popularity.
Zambians need to be empowered and not bought. This old type of politics is an admission of a political party’s bankruptcy and lack of natural appeal to attract support based on how well a party meets the needs of the people. The way PF is going is most injurious only to themselves.
People are more enlightened and educated now to be abused by those in power. Zambians need a government that shall respect them and not treat them like merchandise to be bought for personal consumption. Government should not take advantage of the plight of its citizens. Parading poor cadres to prove a Party’s popularity is an act of failing political acumen.
PF shall not survive because of how many defectors they purchase but by how they resolve the complex economic maze which has made life extremely difficult for the majority of Zambians.
Zambia needs to be saved.