Suspended MMD National Spokesperson Raphael Nakacinda says it will be a great embarrassment not only for the leaders of the former ruling party but the nation as a whole to watch the MMD’s demise.
Mr Nakacinda said as the mother of democracy in the country letting the MMD go into oblivion would be like burying the nation’s symbol of democracy and multi-partism and that it would be an embarrassment to the nation as the party is viewed as a mother of democracy not only in the country but in the region as well.
He said the country should not allow the party to die and that it was incumbent upon the people who sacrificed for the country’s democracy to fight for the survival of of the MMD and avoid the fate of ending up in the dust bin of history such as that of UNIP.
“We are headed for a greater embarrassment not only as leaders of an organization but as a country to witness the demise of MMD. This Party was a leader in bringing democracy to Southern Africa therefore, it is not only considered to be the mother of democracy in the country but in the region as well so it would be a great embarrassment and a grave mistake for us as leaders in the party and the nation at large if we are to let this party go into oblivion.
“We earned respect world wide for peacefully and graciously handing over power when we lost in 2011 so the onus is on us as leaders to fight for the political space that we created for others and ensure that we rebuild our party to the levels of acceptance by the Zambia people and ensure that we return power one day, it might not be in the coming election but we can do it after all the people of Zambia know what we are capable of,” he said.
And Mr Nakacinda a leader of a democratic institution like MMD should be preoccupied with dailogue on how to move the party forward as opposed to squables with those considered to be his enemies.
He said the challenges in the party will not be resolved by the courts but by members of the party whom he said should seat down and discuss regardless of the difference in positions on certain issues inolving the party.
“Solving issues through court process, injunctions and reporting people to the police may only make you feel good temporally but it doesn’t solve the full equation. In 2015 what we feared happened, we proceeded to report people to the police, we went to court and to some extent ended up with what we celebrated, the Supreme Court ruling but what we end up was an embarrassing lose barely three years after being in power. The court ruling did not amount or produce votes what it only did was produce political disaster, it is only a fool” continued Mr Nakacinda, “who would do the same things over and over and expect different results.”
Mr Nakacinda said this when some IPU delegates who were in the country to attend the IPU conference called on him to inquire about some of the challenges the party was facing.
The delegates choose to remain anonymous so as not to be seen to be interfering in the country’s politics.