PRESIDENT Edgar Lungu has become elusive over the formation of an alliance between the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) and the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD), Nevers Mumba has charged.
Dr. Mumba has revealed that he has been reaching out to President Lungu on the need for the formation of an alliance between the PF and the MMD but that the Head of State had not responded on the matter.
Dr Mumba said this in Lundazi yesterday when he met MMD members and encouraged them to remain focused and ignore calls for a national convention this year.
President Lungu had extended an olive branch to the MMD to consider forming a working alliance with the PF but the former ruling party has been engulfed in international squabbles resulting into the party splitting into factions.
President Lungu has on several occasions stated that the PF would only be able to form an alliance with a united MMD and hoped that the wrangles would be settled.
But yesterday, Dr Mumba said currently, there was no working relationship between the PF and the MMD because according to him, President Lungu had not responded to the matter.
Dr. Mumba confessed that there had been communication breakdown between the MMD leadership and its grassroots on the proposal for the formation of an alliance with the PF which he said had resulted in some MMD members endorsing the candidature of President Lungu.
And Dr. Mumba has advised MMD members to ignore reports that the party will be going to the convention next month as the national executive committee had decided not to go for a convention until after the general elections.
Dr Mumba declared that the MMD national convention would only be held in 2017 and that those who were planning for a convention were not members of the former ruling party.
Dr. Mumba urged his followers to ignore MMD Members of Parliament who recently endorsed the candidature of President Lungu in Chipata, stating that the parliamentarians’ action was not the position of the former ruling party.
And MMD Lundazi district chairman Godfrey Phiri says MMD Members of Parliament deceived them by telling them that the MMD was working with the PF and should therefore endorse President Lungu for the 11th August general elections.