The distressing development in the Movement for Multiparty democracy (MMD) requires the spirit of humility and collegiality to resolve, former Home Affairs Minister Peter Machungwa has said.
It was distressing, he said, that the party was in turmoil at a time when the country needed the unique uniting character of the former ruling party that fought for multi-party democracy, Mr.Machungwa said.
He called on current MMD leaders to emulate President Edgar Lungu who managed to bring together a fragmented PF membership within the shortest period of time.
Dr Machungwa said humility and listening to stakeholders was key to unity and peace. He waondered why the spirit of compassion and understanding was not prevailing in the party.
He said MMD officials should love one another to achieve the best result in the 2016 general elections. Dr Machungwa said true leaders and members of MMD should always be humble and supportive adding that some of the challenges the party was facing was as a result of having officials and members who were double dealing.
Dr. Machungwa howerver did not want to discusss statements by Dr. Mumba that was a democratic leader because he assumed the leadership of the MMD through a democratic process in 2012 and that “Those that are calling for the convention, cannot defeat me even if we called for the MMD convention next month.”
Meanwhile, the reconciliation process in the MMD is ongoing with all the necessary parties involved, especially those who are still in the party, chief negotiator in the former ruling party Bishop Joshua Banda has said.
Bishop Banda who is Northmead Assemblies of God overseer said the reconciliatory process was an ongoing effort to bring MMD members together again.
MMD members have differed over the way forward with some members of Parliament opting to resign. Bishop Banda said it was unfortunate that other events seemed to have been overtaken by recent events.
The Bishop however said he was happy with the progress so far made with those interested in bringing the MMD together again.
“The process of reconciliation is ongoing, and so far we are still meeting with the persons concerned, those who are still in the party.
“We have people who are sitting with the parties involved, and those are the people still in the party and we are happy with the progress so far,” he said.
He explained that reconciliation was not a quick fix, but required time and patience to get the objectives, and so far there was optimism in the progress so far taken.