THE decision by MMD national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima to publicly disown court documents filed on his behalf by other members of the executive challenging Lunte member of Parliament Felix Mutati’s application for an injunction after his expulsion, goes to show the extent to which MMD is divided.
Mr Mbulakulima held a press briefing yesterday where he denounced some of the decisions of the national executive committee (NEC) of which he is a member.
This is not good for a former ruling party with the intentions of posing a formidable challenge for power in the Augusrt11 general elections.
MMD should seek the wisdom of the Bible on the importance of unity in an organisation, as not doing so has dire consequences.
Jesus was apt in Luke 11:17, Mark 3: 25 and Matthew 12: 25, when he commented on divided organisations: “A kingdom divided against itself is laid waste or a house divided cannot stand.”
Jesus’ argument to the Pharisees who accused him of using Satan’s powers to cast out demons was simple and logical: “A kingdom that is at cross-purposes with itself will fall. Any household riven by infighting will tear itself apart.”
Looking at the political path that the MMD has taken, it seems unless something is done, the party is on its way to destruction.
There appears to be four distinct political groupings in the former ruling party with all trying to pull in directions directions.
There is a group that favours an alliance with the Patriotic Front while another appears to be pandering to the dictates of the United Party for National Development.
Then there comes the undecided group of members who seem confused about where to go and that which believes in MMD as a single entity.
While diversity of ideas is good for a democratic organisation such as the MMD, the uncoordinated approach to issues seems to be working against the former ruling party.
This has resulted in suspensions, expulsions, defections and resignations of members.
The leadership of the MMD should accept that all is not well and the sooner something is done about it the better.
The MMD cannot afford to enter this year’s August general elections as a divided entity as doing so will have dire consequences.
With the elections only a few months away and the adoption process for aspiring members of Parliament underway, it will be a sad day for the MMD if it will fail to retain its political heavyweights on account of high handedness or stiff necks.
The former ruling party should work out political solutions to its political problems if it has to pose any meaningful challenge in the August 11 general elections.
It will not help the leadership of the MMD to pretend that the current wrangles are a passing phase when the simmering differences are not receiving the required political attention.
The MMD should avoid living in a divided house as a political organisation in such a state cannot stand.