There is urgent need for the leadership of the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) to start reflecting on the goings in the party with the view of finding ways and means of remaining relevant to the current political dispensation.
At the moment, the MMD seems oblivious to the fact that politics is about numbers.
There are few numbers going into MMD while those leaving the former ruling party are huge.
The defection of the entire North Western Province MMD executive committee to the Patriotic Front is a bad sign for a political party which has assured Zambians that come next year, it will bounce back into Government.
This is because the happenings in North Western Province are not an isolated case as the former ruling party seems to be losing members at every turn.
We have seen the adoption of some of the senior MMD members by other political parties to contest elections.
Some MMD members have either gone to United Party for National Development or the Patriotic Front.
Of course, we do not expect these members to return to the MMD next year to contest the polls on the former ruling party ticket.
At the moment, the MMD does not appear ready to enter political battles as evidenced by the withdrawal from by-elections.
This is not good for a former ruling party which was in power barely four years ago.
We understand the difficulties associated with being in the opposition, but it cannot be disputed that the infighting prior to the January 20, 2015 Presidential by-election worked against the stability of the former ruling party.
The way things stand, the leadership of the MMD has no option but to find ways of ensuring members remain in the party while attracting new membership from outside.
But this appears to be a distant reality because we have not seen the leadership on an all out drive to mobilise and recruit new members, like their other colleagues.
Unless our observation is faulty, there appears to be little happening in the former ruling party in terms of mobilisation.
Apart from media statements here and there, there is little activity in the MMD to show that it is preparing for next year’s polls.
While MMD is free to decide its participation in the politics of Zambia, it will however be a sad day for the MMD to fail to compete effectively in multi-party politics when only 24 years ago they brought the wind of change to the country.
As we have said, the leadership of the MMD should find ways and means of making the former ruling party attractive if it has to remain relevant to the current politics.