True Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) members should remain committed to the leadership and protect the party from disintegration ahead of the 11th August general election, MMD president Dr Nevers Mumba has said. And Dr Mumba says that the people who have taken MMD to court are UPND.
Addressing party officials in Kapiri Mposhi on Sunday, Dr. Mumba warned that there were machinations by some selfish “muselela kwakaba” Members of Parliament to kill the party. He said some MPs will soon be embarrassed after the reorganisation of the party which they wanted dead last year.
Dr. Mumba said the wrangles in the MMD have affected other people and that Zambians were tired to see the continued infighting instead of working towards coming back into government.
He said the issue of some MMD members who are double dealing was not acceptable in the party adding that even the United Party for National Development which they want to take the MMD to had become strong because they had hope in their leadership.
“People are not interested in seeing these fights and wrangling because of the high prices of food and other commodities. Load-shedding is the order of the day and people are looking to the MMD to bring back solutions and better days,” said Dr. Mumba.
He said the MPs who are fighting the leadership wanted the party to go the UNIP way. Dr. Mumba said God has always guided him to ensure that the MMD survived and remained a force to reckon with.
“Eco ndefwaya ukumyeba nici; bonse aba bantu abatutwele ku court [What I want to tell you is this; all those people who have taken us to court], they worked with the UPND and are UPND. The decision made by the party’s NEC will not be reversed and that decision must be respected and that is why they are not MMD,” he said.
Dr. Mumba boasted that even if he called for the convention next month he would win the election for the presidency the way he won in 2012. He said members should tell people who were calling for the convention to stop it because they were creating their own confusion. Dr. Mumba also said there was no way the MMD would go for a convention four months before the general election as doing so would be creating more division in the party.
He invited all those that ditched the former ruling party in preference for the opposition UPND to come back home and work with him in humility and honesty. Dr Mumba said those with intentions to challenge him for President should support the current leadership in order to build unity in the party.
He said it was only fair that they came back and contributed to the unity of the party, adding that loyalty was the hallmark of the MMD. Dr. Mumba said it was not time for genuine MMD members to leave the party because MMD was organised.