Current desperate attempts by the PF propaganda machinery to distract my attention from insisting that the 2016 Election petition be heard will not succeed. Reports circulating from PF circles that I have resigned from the MMD Presidency and joined the UPND as Vice-President are typical of PF lies and are a total fabrication and should be completely dismissed with the contempt they deserve. I firmly remain the democratically elected President of the MMD until end of my five-year term as per our MMD Party Constitution.
The nation is well aware that the MMD National Executive Committee sanctioned the party to enter into a strategic electoral alliance with the UPND in the 2016 General Election and a Memorandum of Understanding to this effect was consequently signed between our two parties on 26th May, 2016 to formalize the alliance. We remain two distinct political parties.
Our position has been made very clear that an illegality no matter how rushed or ‘sugar-coated,’ remains an illegality. We stand by our position that the stated outcome of the 2016 Election that PF won is an illegality and that the UPND election was stolen. If Zambia decides to keep quiet at this crucial hour, we will have created a ‘monster’ that will consume all democratic and judicial institutions in our beloved country and eventually Zambians will have nowhere to run to for justice.
This fight is not for me personally, nor for HH but for mother Zambia and posterity.
The MoU betwen our two parties states that our alliance will remain in force until the election outcome is conclusively and legally determined and the rightful winner announced. We do not subscribe to the assertion in certain quarters that we ‘must move on’ as a nation because its too late. We therefore wish to assure our alliance partners and the many Zambians who have been alarmed and concerned by the PF propaganda, of our unflinching support and cooperation until the petition is heard.
Our position is that the failure by the Constitutional Court to conduct itself appropriately in the last election has caused serious tensions and divisions in the country which can only be resolved when the petition is heard.
As I explained to the nation recently, we have made a decision to peacefully exhaust all local legal avenues to have the petition heard, and if all fails, Zambia being part of the global village with protocols with international legal bodies, reserves the right to persue all international legal channels to present the opposition petition to these bodies to help determine the true result of the 2016 election.
Our insistence on this approach should not be misunderstood as being treasonous as is being suggested in certain circles. As a Masters Graduate in Public Policy and Governance, I have a moral responsibility which is strongly influenced by my Christian values, to introduce politics of Morality and Integrity in our nation, strongly undergirded by democratic tenets, the rule of law and good governance. The 2016 General Election has provided a valuable test case for me to appreciate the huge amount of work that still needs to be done.
I have a deep personal conviction that this generation should not stand by and watch the blatant assault on democracy and the complete disregard and abbrogation of the rule of law in our country but courageously stand up and fight for the kind of country we wish to leave for our children and children’s children. Millions of Zambians are desperate for someone to speak for them and stand up to challenge the frightening levels of lawlessness that have engulfed our nation under the PF regime.
Since 1964, Zambia has been a pioneer nation for freedom, good governance and the rule of law in the region and beyond. KK and late Frederick Chiluba played their part. It is now our turn to carry this torch forward.
We are therefore determined to follow the legacy of political luminaries like Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr, who persued a non-violent path to freedom until they overcame. We have set our case clearly that violence will not be tolerated and are grateful that so far, all opposition cadres have heeded this call. Zambia is a Christian and peaceful country and we have the capacity to resolve our challenges peacefully without losing any lives.
In conclusion, the cheap and misleading PF propaganda aimed at distracting our attention from the matter at hand is understood because they are terrified of the combined strength and resolve of the opposition to PURSUE AND RECOVER ALL and re-set a new agenda for political freedom, tolerance and good governance in our great country.
Understandly, some in this fight will fall by the way-side due to their unclear purpose as to why they joined politics in the first place. That is expected. Some have already fallen and some more may still join them. But I believe that in every generation, God reserves an incorruptible, patriotic and determined remnant that He will depend on to liberate a country from corruption, violence and lawlessness and achieve justice for all, irrespctive of colour, creed, gender or ethnicity.
The PF propaganda efforts will therefore not work and is a pursuit in futility.
There is only one way out of this PF predicament. The petition must be heard and the rightful righful winner announced.
Nevers Sekwila Mumba