WE have hope that the on-going reconciliation process within the MMD will yield positive results because there is massive willingness from both ends to foster unity and move forward, Northmead Assemblies of God Bishop Joshua Banda has said.
And Bishop Banda clarified that the first meeting called for the MMD president Nevers Mumba and former president Rupiah Banda at the Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia (EFZ) on Monday was not a flop as portrayed by some sections of the media.
He said contrary to assertions that the meeting failed to take place, the preliminary meeting was aimed at seeking audience with each of the two groups before they could be brought together.
Bishop Banda described the two meetings on Monday as successful adding that he was optimistic that the reconciliation talks would yield positive results by bringing the two groups together and help heal the wounds of discontentment that characterised the former ruling party.
He said going by the commitment exhibited by the two groups towards reconciliation, the process would yield positive results of ending the stand-off among members by ironing out the differences that existed.
He said while it was true that there were problems in the MMD, the challenges the party were facing were not insurmountable and could be addressed by engaging each of the groups to come up with plausible solutions that would move the party forward.
“Our programme was not to bring the two groups together; we wanted to meet each one of them separately and that is what we did. We met Mr. Banda’s delegation first before having a meeting with Dr. Mumba and his group and I must say, we had very fruitful discussions with them and so, it is wrong to say that Dr. Mumba shunned meeting Mr. Banda because that is not how we planned the meetings. “From the meeting, we are very hopeful that this process which we started on Monday is headed for success. The two groups have shown immense commitment towards bringing peace in the party and going forward, we are very hopeful that our objective will be achieved,” Bishop Banda said.
He said while it was true that the MMD was going through a torrid time, its challenges were not insurmountable but could be addressed through dialogue adding that there was need for Zambians to pray for the former ruling party.
“We cannot deny the fact that there is a problem in the party but we are determined to ensure that the challenges are addressed so that the party can make a positive impact in this year’s election.
“We are simply asking Zambians to pray for the former ruling party so that the challenges it is going through can be addressed by this process which began on a positive note and is destined to bring peace and harmony to the party,” he said.