MMD Lunte member of parliament Felix Mutati has continued his countrywide tours to mobilize members of the MMD despite party President Nevers Mumba’s declaration that he remains an expelled member.
Speaking when he addressed members of the party in Solwezi on Wednesday Mr Mutati said the party remains strong in the province but that it was not vibrant because of the lack of leadership presence.
He said people in the province appreciated the former ruling party because of a number of projects and investment it left in the area before it was voted out and that members of the public were wondering as to what had happened to the party.
He said he had gone to the province to revive the fortunes of the party and ensure that it reunites so as to make it relevant to the forth coming elections.
He thanked party officials who had refused to leave MMD to join other political parties despite the many challenges the party has gone through since losing power.
And Mr Mutati bemoaned the lack of tolerance for divergent views from some of the leaders in the party saying MMD is the only party which democratic and allows different views hence people should not be curtailed from expressing themselves.
He accused President Mumba of threatening to expel the Provincial Chairperson of the party for receiving him saying that is not the MMD people knew.
He further said many of the original members of the party have been sidelined by the Mumba camp because of expressing different views on how the party was being run and that the party can not grow if talented politicians were being replaced by preachers as if one was creating a church.
Mr Mutati wondered how one can run a party without any representation from North Western as if it did not have structures in the province.
He said before taking over Dr Mumba found a party with representation from all the province’s but because of his dictatorship tendencies the party was being run by people of his choice after expelling original members.
Mr Mutati is in North Western Province on his continued mobilization tours.
Meanwhile, Mr Mutati has said that the former ruling party is making preparations for a national convention following the dismissal of the injunction by the High Court.
Mr. Mutati said the party is proceeding with the national convention because that is what the general membership wants.
He said that it is unfortunate that the wish of the general members is not being respected by some party members.
Mr Mutati was speaking when he addressed constituency, district and provincial executive committee members in Solwezi.
He said the MMD was founded on democracy and tolerance for divergent views but that the party has drifted away from these principles.