MMD is in a crisis and it needs an urgent remedy to stop it from going into oblivion, observes civil rights activist Brebner Changala.
In an interview with the Daily Nation yesterday, Mr. Changala blamed the current leadership crisis in MMD on senior party officials who decided to endorse other political parties’ presidential candidates at the expense of their own party candidate.
He said the situation in which the MMD found itself was a sad one, saying the crisis had been created by selfish MMD leaders.
“It is very sad for MMD to be going through the phase it is going through. The crisis has been caused by senior MMD officials. This has been done by leaders exhibiting selfishness and lack of loyalty to the party,” said Mr. Changala.
Mr. Changala wondered how else one could explain the situation the MMD found itself into where a party chairperson decided to endorse a president of another political party at the expense of his party president.
“How else one can explain the party chairman Kabinga Pande’s conduct to support UPND president Hakainde Hichilema at the expense of the MMD president Dr. Nevers Mumba. How else one could explain Felix Mutati’s conduct where he goes to support UPND president Hakainde Hichilema at the expense of the MMD leadership?”
He said it was total treachery and betrayal of the highest order by the MMD top senior leadership to now claim ownership and membership of the party.
“That is treacherous and lack of political principles for senior MMD members to claim the party after betraying it in the just ended presidential election. They should not claim to be bonafide members of the MMD. They should not take Zambians for political fools,” warned Mr. Changala.
Mr. Changala demanded that the MMD should call for an urgent national convention and elect new leaders if it were to remain relevant to the political landscape of the country.
“MMD must immediately call for a national convention and elect a new leadership that is not politically contaminated. The current MMD leadership has become irrelevant and a danger to the party itself and to t he democracy in general,” Mr. Changala said.