MMD president Nevers Mumba says there is no need for former president Rupiah Banda to come back in active politics because there is no vacancy in the presidency of the former ruling party.
Dr Mumba said at the moment the party had an able leadership which was discharging its functions accordingly.
“It (the comeback of the former president Banda) is not the subject of discussion in the national executive committee (NEC). It is not one of the agendas and there is no vacancy in the presidency of MMD at the moment. So, it cannot be discussed in NEC because there is no vacancy,” he said.
Dr Mumba was speaking on Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC)’s Sunday Interview programme.
He described calls for Mr Banda to come back to active politics as rumours, saying the former president had not discussed his return with him.
“What we need to do now to be fair to President Banda is that I have not heard him say he wants to come back. Because he has not said that I think it would be unfair for you and me to start to put something on him that he has not said,” he said.
Dr Mumba said he has a very good relationship with Mr Banda and that there was no information about his desire to return to politics, adding that if there was such he would have shared it with him.
He said in his interactions with Mr Banda, he had not mentioned to him that the former president wanted to come back to politics.
“At the moment I am president of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy, I came in through an election,” he said.
Dr Mumba said Mr Banda had assured him that he would support his presidency and leadership when he handed over instruments of power to him in 2012.
“I don’t think he would in any way do anything that would disadvantage his party from winning the 2016 election.
“I don’t think he has said that at any time and I don’t want to join people that are putting words in his mouth,” he said.
Dr Mumba advised party members to stop peddling rumours between him and Mr Banda because such action was divisive and should not be entertained.
He said people who were trying to bring divisions between him and Mr Banda would not succeed and that it was wrong to discuss something which the former president had not said.
Dr Mumba warned MMD members that if another fight broke out in the former ruling party, it would be them who would lose.
“Some of our members think that it is romantic to put a wedge between me and president Banda; it is not romantic. I can say this, if another fight breaks out in MMD the losers are the MMD members themselves,” he said.
Dr Mumba said the party members should show resilience that they are committed to keeping democracy in Zambia.
He said at the moment his focus was to unite the party and prepare it for the 2016 general elections.
The MMD leader said currently he was mobilising members and reorganizing party structures after the MMD suffered so much political battles inflicted by the Patriotic Front (PF).