THE problems that Zambians are going through can only come to an end if the Movement for Multi-party Democracy (MMD) is given another chance to run the affairs of the country, MMD president Nevers Mumba has said.
Dr Mumba who was in Northern Province over the weekend to witness the installation of Paramount chief Chitimukulu of the Bemba speaking people said that the former ruling party had the required experience to help address challenges that the people of Zambia were going through.
“The MMD party has the necessary experience to help cushion the problems that the country is going through. We have been in Government before and some of these issues of load shedding, unemployment, expensive mealie meal and many others could be addressed in a better way,” he said.
Dr Mumba attributed the poor performance of the party in the 2015 Presidential elections to what he called divisions brought about by former president Rupiah Banda’s decision to contest the polls on the MMD ticket.
He said this resulted in divisions within the party leading to formation of splinter groups hence disadvantaging the former ruling party.
Dr Mumba said he had been shocked at the decision by Mr Banda to return to politics despite having told party members to rally behind Dr Mumba during the party convention.
“Our prowess should not be judged on our performance during the 2015 presidential elections. The party had so many issues, if you remember well, the former president decided to make a political comeback and went ahead to declare himself the candidate even when the party constitution did not allow him. When the courts finally declared me as an eligible candidate, splinter groups emerged that led to the weakening of the party in general,” Dr Mumba said.
He said the party was now working on reconciliation and as a result expulsions and suspension of members had been lifted.
And speaking during the official opening of an MMD office in Kasama on Sunday, Dr Mumba thanked the people of Northern Province for supporting him during the trying moments.
He urged party officials to stop the habit of diverting funds meant for developmental projects.
Dr Mumba further said the MMD would start fielding candidates in the upcoming by-elections so as to stabilise the party before the 2016 general elections.
“I want us to start winning elections, stop the habit of diverting funds meant for developmental projects. We have reconciled with members who had supported other parties, for instance Mr Felix Mutati is back with us now. And we are contesting the upcoming by-elections starting with Kasama central so that we gauge our strength before the general elections in 2016,” he said.
Meanwhile Dr Mumba has called on the people of Chiba ward to vote for Obias Kabambala who is standing on the MMD ticket in today’s local government by-election in Kasama.
He said that this could be a starting step in the direction of bringing back the former ruling party to power.