Movement for Multi-Party Democracy (MMD) President Dr. Nevers Sekwila Mumba has said he has been more than ready and willing to reconcile with former President Mr. Rupiah Banda for a long time and has made efforts in the past to iron out any differences that may still exist between him and the former President.
Reacting to a statement carried in the Post Newspaper of 7th March, 2016, ‘BISHOP BANDA MEDIATES IN MMD RECONCILIATION TALKS’, Dr. Mumba has said a meeting that was arranged by Bishop Banda between the two to take place on the evening of 24th February, 2016 at Mr. Banda’s residence in New Kasama, collapsed suddenly at the last minute when Dr Mumba was already on the way to the venue allegedly because Mr. Banda was already asleep.
Dr Mumba said the meeting had been well arranged and was confirmed for 19:30hrs the same evening.
It was therefore surprising when Bishop Banda later informed Dr. Mumba that he was unable to reach President Banda as he was asleep. This was around 20:00hrs. This clearly demonstrates that there may be other issues at play which need to be clarifed between Dr. Mumba and Mr. Rupiah Banda in a one on one meeting.
Dr. Mumba has indicated that the reconciliation between himself and President Rupiah Banda is the right thing to happen for him as a Christian and should not be seen as dependent on third parties. That is why Dr. Mumba made an effort to walk over and embrace Mr. Rupiah Banda at the National Day of Prayer and Fasting on 18th October, 2015 at the Show Grounds.
Dr Mumba said reconciliation for him is very important because his whole mission in the ‘Zambia Shall Be Saved Crusade’ has been based on reconciliation of people to each other and to God.
Dr. Mumba has said he will continue to engage Bishop Banda to ensure that a meeting between himself and Mr. Banda is arranged, with a mutually agreed agenda and confirmed date and time to avoid collapse of the meeting as happened two weeks ago.