MMD president Nevers Mumba has demanded a one-on-one meeting with former president Rupiah Banda in an effort to reconcile the former ruling party that has become deeply divided in the last four years.
MMD deputy spokesperson James Chona said in a statement that Dr Mumba was for the idea of a one-on-one meeting with president Banda which would give an opportunity to the two leaders to have a relaxed and genuine frank talk to pave way for the party’s successful participation in the August general elections.
Mr Chona said Dr Mumba was against the idea of using delegates in the reconciliation and healing process of the former ruling party that had been dogged with wrangles which had seen a number of its senior members either facing disciplinary action or expelled.
He said the idea of using delegations would not create the ideal environment to have reconciliation talks and would there want to have a one-on-one meeting with former president Banda.
Mr Chona said following Dr Mumba’s request for a one-on-one meeting with former president Banda, he was waiting for Bishop Joshua Banda and Reverend Pukuta Mwanza to convene a meeting for the two leaders in the shortest possible time.
“We feel that this is the most progressive route towards a genuine reconciliation process as opposed to the route of delegations from both sides which may not provide the mood and environment compatible with the on-going reconciliation process which started last year,” Mr Chona said.