MMD National Secretary Rapheal Nakacinda has welcomed the announcement by fellow opposition party Forum for Democracy and Development FDD that it will hold a national convention in December this year.
And Mr Nakacinda says the hounding out of former UPND Vice President Dr Canisius Banda from the party was the last nail in the casket of the party’s image as a tribal cult.
Commenting on the announcement that FDD will hold a convention in December Mr Nakacinda said MMD welcomes parties that have drawn inspiration from the mother of democracy in holding conventions as regular as possible in a bid to practice intra party democracy.
“As MMD we welcome all political parties that have drawn inspiration from the mother of democracy in the need to practice intra party democracy by regularly holding conventions or elections for members to be accorded an opportunity to participate in the affaires of their respective political parties by way of aspiring to whatever positions without their Democratic right being stifled.
“We are happy to hear that FDD has called for a convention, we are happy that NAREP has indicated that they will hold a convention this year and we call upon other political parties to emulate their friends by ensuring that they give chance to their members to participate in the affaires of their respective Parties,” he said.
And Mr Nakacinda said the UPND have demonstrated in their conduct that their Party is turning in a political cult as seen from the treatment of Dr Banda who has been harassed for merely commenting on the need for them to have a convention.
He noted that UPND is turning into a political party that disadvantages others while promoting the interest of an individual’s interests.
“The UPND have demonstrated in their conduct of harassing Dr Canisius Banda for merely commenting on the need for the UPND to go for a convention. This development only goes to validate that the UPND is turning into a tribal cult that has interest of advance for those with the appetite to advance tribal politics in this country,” he said.
He explained that if UPND was a democratic political party then Dr Banda would have been a hero in the party as opposed to the ill treatment he has received from his President and Party.
He wondered how the party will do their postmortem of the just ended elections so as to know were they lost when they start chasing the very members who helped the Party.
He further called on UPND leaders to stop tarnishing Tongas, Lozis and other tribes where they enjoy massive support by pitting them against other tribes for their selfish gains.
Mr Nakacinda who is a Tonga himself, said without the contribution great men from these tribes the country would not have attained Independence nor the democracy which they are abusing by using innocent people through their affairs.
He said the only way for a person to become President in Zambia is through the polls and that instead of using tribe the UPND leader should convince Zambians that he is qualified to be in that office.
He said what makes a President in Zambia is the ballot and not the tribe which one may have come from.