MMD president Nevers Mumba has said fellow clergymen have in the past let him down and was now calling for their support in his presidential bid in the 2016 general elections.
And Dr Mumba said it was sad that Zambians believed the ‘‘lies’’ of late PF president Michael Sata of more money in their pockets when his Government had no ability to do so.
Speaking in Kalulushi when he addressed MMD district and constituency leaders at the Mine Club, Dr Mumba said clergymen or the church have in the past let him down by failing to support him and so he was now calling on them to support him win the 2016 elections.
He said it was only normal for him to get support from church leaders just like the UPND president Hakainde Hichilema was getting support from businessmen and Southern Province where he comes from.
“Mr Hichilema is a businessman and he is being supported by fellow businessmen and Southern Province where he comes from. You can see how they voted in the 2015 presidential by-election.
‘‘So even me I should be supported by clergymen and you the people of the Copperbelt where I come from. “I want the support of clergymen, I want the support of the church so that we take MMD back into government. You, clergymen, I expect you to speak out against the bad things in this country. I mean the economic ills in the country. How people are losing jobs,” Dr Mumba said.
Dr Mumba said he was on the Copperbelt to mourn with the miners and other people in the area who had lost jobs because of the inconsistent policies of the PF administration which had made investors to lose confidence in the Government.
He said mining investors had lost confidence in the PF government because of its inconsistency and this was why mining investors were retrenching their workers.
“Many investors are not happy with the arrogance of some ministers and the inconsistency in the policies of the PF government. This is why mine owners and others are retrenching workers and trying to fold up. PF should not tell you lies that mining companies are retrenching because of the low copper price. No.
“So because of these job losses, I thought I should mourn with you. I am not here to joke because things are not good on the Copperbelt. You only joke when things are good, but not the way things are. Copperbelt is in distress,” he said.
He also said it was sad that the PF government had messed up the strong economy which it inherited from MMD government.
He said the MMD government had good policies which attracted investment from various parts of the world, which in turn created employment for the local people.
“When I was high commissioner to Canada under the MMD government, I worked to bring US$7.8 billion investment in the country and this created employment for the local people, but it is sad that the huge investment which MMD brought has been messed up in only four years of PF,” he said.
Zambians were now wallowing in poverty because they listened to the lies of the late President Sata who promised them that he would put more money in their pockets.
“You thought MMD was a very bad government and decided to change after listening to the lies of the late President Sata, but you fixed yourselves when you thought you were fixing MMD.
“MMD was a great party with the ability to deal with various economic challenges, but PF is just waffling left, right and centre. You have yourselves to blame,” he said.