Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) National Treasurer Elizabeth Chitika has challenged Lunte Member of Parliament Felix Mutati to quickly begin exerting his energies for a convention for the United Party for National Development (UPND) to take over from Hakainde Hichilema before it is too late as evidence publicised through UPND 2016 campaign materials last week confirms that he is no longer MMD but is a practicing UPND official.
“Felix Mutati is fighting this convention fight in a wrong party. MMD already had a convention in 2012 to choose Nevers Mumba. But UPND is yet to have its convention so let him push for a convention in UPND not MMD. The fight Mr. Mutati is fighting must be extremely embarrassing to the UPND as it seems he has mixed up which party he belongs to.
“His fight in the MMD is an exercise in futility and he must join others who have courageously declared that they will not stand on MMD ticket because they have said MMD is finished and is now just a shell and have moved on to find seats in UPND to campaign on. Mr. Mutati is wasting his time and cannot keep saying he is still MMD and continue to bring confusion. He cannot have his cake and eat it.
“Let him accept that he is now fully UPND and has said goodbye to MMD. He must be helped to move on because his conduct is embarrassing to both the image of the UPND and its leadership. The UPND leadership must rise and help Mr. Mutati face the consequences of his actions when he openly campaigned for HH in 2015 and be assured that he has been welcomed in UPND instead of clinging to the MMD,” said Ms Chitika.
She said that the challenge that the MMD has always had with Mr. Mutati after it lost power to the Patriotic Front (PF) in 2011, is that he is not a courageous politician and is usually paralysed by fear of the unknown. She said he prefers to push his hidden agenda through other people and this is the issue the UPND must be aware of as they welcome him.
She said this matter of the convention has dragged on to this point because Mr. Mutati has been unable to come out in the open and when confronted by Dr. Mumba always says he supports him and regards him as the only president of the MMD.