THE opposition MMD has been advised to heed former President Rupiah Banda’s peace crusade to prevail among themselves and stop the ‘‘immature’’ type of politics being exhibited in public, says Gallant Youth in Zambia executive director Henry Mulenga.
He said the fact that Zambia’s fourth president has broken his silence over the MMD wrangles was a welcome move as it showed that he would always endeavour to see a united society.
“We call upon the MMD’s leadership to swallow their pride and embrace true dialogue and reconciliation to foster unity of purpose,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said Zambia and the MMD members at large could not run away from the fact that the Mr Banda was a statesman and a peacemaker who had many followers because of his works.
He said now that Mr Banda was keen to meet the MMD leadership, he was the only leader who could bring peace and unity in the party.
“It is not a good idea to see the MMD members who are frustrated exchanging statements publicly as a way of venting their anger at the expense of dialogue to maintain peace and order.
“Therefore the call for unity by Mr Rupiah Banda is a welcome move as it shows true statesmanship and that the former head of state walks the talk for he has on many occasions made peace by embracing even those that scolded him at a time he was republican president,” he said.
Mr Mulenga appealed to the MMD leadership and members to find time and make peace with those calling for adherence and protecting the party’s constitution from political rape, adding that without such, MMD’s political fortunes would continue dwindling.
Mr Banda has called for peace in MMD and has assured members that he would meet the party leadership to resolve differences when he comes back from Uganda where he is monitoring elections.