The MMD has said it will do whatever it takes, even give up the presidency if that is what it will take to remove the Patriotic Front (PF) from government at the next general election.
MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya the former ruling party would want to be clear that it has a lot to offer and that it would remain open-minded on national matters.
Siliya said the MMD was in agreement with Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection (JCTR) national coordinator Leonard Chiti that the PF should not be allowed to continue ruling the country in the next general elections.
She said the MMD was of the feeling that Zambia must be rescued from the PF who had brought a lot of misery and suffering to the Zambians who had hoped that things were going to be better under their leadership.
Siliya said the MMD was happy to even give up the presidency if that was what it would take for the opposition to stop the PF from imparting further suffering on the people.
She said although the former ruling party was not giving up anything now, it was ready to rescue Zambians from the PF dictatorship through a united opposition.
Siliya said the MMD would soon call for meetings for all interested opposition political parties and that the former ruling party would be happy to attend meetings that would be called by the UPND, NAREP and ABZ to foster unity in the opposition.
“The MMD feels Zambia must be rescued from the PF who have bought a lot of misery to the citizens and we agree with Fr Chiti that the PF must go. MMD is happy to give up the presidency if that is what it will take for the opposition to remove PF from imparting further misery and suffering on the Zambian people. The MMD will call meetings for all the interested opposition political parties and we shall attend any meeting that would be called by the UPND, NAREP and ABZ,” Siliya said.
She said Zambians wanted a combined opposition and the MMD as a pioneer of democracy did not wish to see democracy lost as a result of the dictatorship the PF had adopted as a mode of governing the country.
The MMD has called on the Civil Society Organisations, the church, youths and women to refuse to lose their freedoms and fight that their voices should continue being heard on the constitution, irresponsible borrowing and many other governance issues.
Siliya said it took the MMD 14 years to repay the UNIP $7 billion debt and the PF had taken the country on the path back to the dark days of brutal politics and un-repayable debt.
She said real power was in the hands of the people and that the MMD had heard the cries of the people and would therefore wish to work all opposition political parties to remove the PF from government in the next general elections.