THERE is need for the MMD to reconcile and get united if President Edgar Lungu’s proposed alliance with the Patriotic Front (PF) has to be actualised, Frank Bwalya has said.
And the PF says the announcement by President Lungu that he (President Lungu) is going to have a female as his running mate did not have anything to do with the continued wrangles in the MMD and the conditions under which the alliance should be formed.
Mr Bwalya who is PF deputy spokesperson said President Lungu had made it clear that he would want the ruling party to go into an alliance with a united MMD but as things stood, the former ruling party would have to resolve its internal wrangles and reconcile for the alliance to be actualised.
Mr Bwalya said it was not possible for the MMD to unite without the different factions reconciling and that it was the desire of the ruling party to see the former ruling party reconcile so that the two parties could start working together.
“We pray and hope that the MMD will be able to resolve their differences as quickly as possible. President Lungu has made it clear that he would want to form an alliance with a united MMD. But as things are today, you cannot have a united MMD without reconciliation. It is nevertheless in order for us in the PF to openly express our desire for the MMD to unite,” Mr Bwalya said.
MMD president Nevers Mumba has announced the rebranding of the former ruling party which was now being called New Movement for Multiparty Democracy (NMMD).
This has however angered some of the party founders who are now calling for a convention to elect new leaders for the party.
Mr Bwalya said while it was the desire of the PF to see the MMD reconcile and unite, it was not for the ruling party to facilitate the reconciliation so that the former ruling party could be united.
He said the PF was ready to work with individual members of Parliament (MPs) for the MMD and other ordinary members but that the ultimate goal was to form an alliance with an intact and united MMD. “However, it is not for the PF to facilitate such reconciliation in the MMD so that the party can unite and form an alliance with the PF. Regarding President Lungu’s announcement that his running mate will be a female, we believe and hope that the wrangles in the MMD have nothing to do with any condition to have an alliance between the PF and the MMD,” Mr Bwalya said.
He explained that it was the MMD that had resolved at their national executive committee that it was going to form an alliance with the PF without any conditions.
Mr Bwalya said the PF was hopeful that the announcement by President Lungu that he would adopt a female as his running mate was not going to affect talks for the formation of an alliance.