By Prisca Lumingu
Embattled and estranged former MMD president Nevers Mumba has vented his anger on former president Rupiah Banda whom he has accused of sponsoring his fall from grace in the party following the election of Felix Mutati as the new leader of the former ruling party.
But MMD national secretary Raphael Nakacinda said the party was not going to waste time quarrelling with Dr Mumba because the former MMD leader had become irrelevant to the political equation of the country.
Dr Mumba claimed former president Banda and Mr Mutati had for a long time been conspiring to topple him but maintained that the new leadership in the MMD was illegitimate.
Dr Mumba claimed that the MMD Kabwe convention that saw the election of Mr Mutati as its president was according to him, illegal and he would therefore continue to consider himself the leader of the former ruling party.
Dr. Mumba said what transpired in Kabwe over the weekend was nothing but a political circus and declared the resolutions passed at the gathering were not binding.
“What has transpired in Kabwe this weekend is an illegality and all the developments and resolutions they have been purporting reached are invalid and not binding on the Movement for Multiparty Democracy which I am privileged to lead” Dr Mumba said.
Dr Mumba claimed in a statement yesterday that it was clear that the distabilisation of the party started in 2012 soon after he defeated Mr. Mutati.
Dr Mumba accused former president Banda of having sponsored and supervised the confusion in the MMD to pave way for the election of Mr Mutati.
Dr. Mumba alleged that Mr. Banda had long been the shadow manipulating the MMD and that the party had never been free of his influence since he retired from politics.
But Mr. Nakacinda said Dr. Mumba’s statement that the convention was illegal will not save him in anyway because the same event presented an opportunity to all its members to present their grievances, which he missed.
He said politicians should realise that great men who succumbed to fear and greed destroyed themselves and that Dr. Mumba was no exception because his political path had led him to a complete halt as he was not sincere about himself in the way he treated members of the party.
He said the convenors in Kabwe acted within the party constitution and had the backing of the same legal system which Dr. Mumba was trying to abuse through forum shopping in his desperate attempts to prevent the event from going ahead.
“We will not waste our time to engage Dr. Mumba or any of his stooges on his rhetoric about the convention and we shall pay his arrogance and accusations with love because we have resolved to act with the highest level of maturity to the people of Zambia in our quest to take the party to a level where it deserves to be.
GBM’s wife, Chama, in South campaigns
By Nation Reporter
WIFE of UPND vice-president for administration Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba (GBM), Chama has warned that the arrest of her husband will cost President Lungu votes in Northern Province.
Meanwhile, Mr Mwamba yesterday spent a second night in the cells at the Ndola police station for assaulting a marketeer at Kitwe’s Chisokone market four days ago and is set to appear in court today.
Mrs Mwamba said that the arrest of her husband has just made her and the UPND stronger.
“What they are doing to my husband will cost them votes in Northern Province. I am forced to travel back to Lusaka and go to Ndola because that is where they are keeping him,
“I cannot stop fighting for my country because my husband is arrested. What PF and Lungu are doing to him will cost them votes,” she said.
She was speaking during a public rally held at Villa Grounds in Livingstone yesterday.
Mrs Mwamba said the people of Zambia knew that the future of their country lay in the UPND forming government.
“Let us get united as the people of Zambia and remove the PF from power.
“Lungu should forget about votes in Southern and Northern provinces. No person who has instruments of power can ask someone in the opposition to show him what he has done. That is lacking vision,” she said.
Mrs Mwamba claimed that the PF leadership has been panicking over her husband’s decision to join the UPND.
And UPND Katombola aspiring candidate David Kazabu said GBM was innocent, adding that police had arrested him because PF was scared of him and they did not want him to speak in Kitwe.
Meanwhile, Copperbelt Province commissioner of Police Charity Katanga said in an interview that contrary to media reports suggesting that Mr. Mwamba was released, the UPND vice-president remained detained in Kitwe.
Ms. Katanga blasted the media houses that reported the release of Mr. Mwamba, saying there was need for media houses to verify information they were fed with by engaging relevant authorities rather than rushing to write false news which had the potential to alarm the nation.
She said as far as she was concerned, Mr. Mwamba was never released at any time, adding that she was surprised to hear that some media houses had reported that police had released him ahead of his court appearance.
“As I am speaking to you, we are recording a warn and caution statement from Mr. Mwamba but I was very disappointed that some people could go to the extent of writing false news claiming that we have released him without verifying with us. Mr. Mwamba has not been released and we will not release him. We will just warn and caution him but he will remain in custody and appear in court tomorrow (today),” Ms. Katanga said.