EDITH Nawakwi has not declared herself an eternal president of the Forum for Democracy and Development (FDD) and it is politically incorrect to insinuate that she is a wamuyaya president of the opposition political party, Antonio Mwanza has said.
Mr Mwanza said it was not the personal decision of Ms Nawakwi to postpone the FDD national convention to December this year but that the party’s national policy committee (NPC) had resolved to push the convention to December this year.
Reacting to civil rights activist Brebner Changala who claimed that Ms Nawakwi had declared herself an eternal president of the FDD by coercing the party’s NPC to postpone the national convention so that shecould contest the presidency, Mr Mwanza said the FDD leader was an ardent believer in democracy and intra-party democracy and had always been ready to subject herself to an election in the party.
Mr Mwanza, who is FDD spokesperson and a member of the NPC, said in an interview yesterday that he found it absurd for Mr Changala to maliciously brand Ms Nawakwi a leader who was daring the democratic tenets.
He said it was not correct that Mr Changala was one of the founding members of the FDD and advised the civil rights activist to immediately stop speaking for the FDD membership because such an act would only make him a masquerader.
The NPC of the FDD on Saturday resolved to postpone the national convention to December this year after earlier announcing that the convention was going to be held this month.
Mr Mwanza said Ms Nawakwi was not wamuyaya leader of the FDD and that it was absurd for Mr Changala to have continued talking about the FDD Aand its leadership when the civil rights activist was not a member of the party.
“The National Policy Committee of the FDD which is the highest governing organ of the party has at its meeting between 4th and 5th February resolved that the national convention shall be held from 9th to 11th December, 2016.
It was not the decision of president Nawakwi to push the convention forward and we find it absurd that Mr Changala who is neither a founder member not a member of the FDD has continued speaking about the FDD. Ms Nawakwi is not wamuyaya and at no time did she ever refuse to be subjected to a convention,” Mr Mwanza said.
Mr Mwanza claimed that in 2013, Mr Changala unreservedly apologized to Ms Nawakwi for his constant and unwarranted attacks against the FDD president but it was surprising that the civil rights activist had yet again embarked on a campaign to continue demonizing Ms Nawakwi.
“I challenge Mr Changala to tell what card he is holding to claim that he was one of the founder members of the FDD.
The founder members of the FDD were the 21 Cabinet Ministers and Members of Parliament during the Frederick Chiluba reign,” Mr Mwanza said.
Mr Mwanza named the FDD founding members as late Christone Tembo, Vincent Malambo, Dipak Patel and Nawakwi herself among others and that Mr Changala was not among the mentioned personalities.
Mr Mwanza said there was a danger that Mr Changala could be getting used by people who could easil abandon him and that there was need for the civil rights activist to correctly read the political mood in the country.