NEVERS Mumba says the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed between MMD and the UPND expired after the 2016 elections.
Briefing the press in Lusaka today, Mumba, who is MMD leader, said his party was not in any alliance at the moment.
“Yesterday, the National Executive Committee of our party met here at Garden House to redefine our path to the future and it ended up with several defining resolutions which will guide our party for the next five years. Today I wish to announce only two of our many resolutions of yesterday’s meeting: Towards the end of September, I shall outline the new politics and new direction of our movement. In the meantime, I call upon all members nationwide, who were discouraged and disappointed by what a few people attempted to do to our party, to start making their way back to the New Hope MMD. The days of selfish conflicts have now come to an end. I want to remind the nation and also our general membership that in May 2016, ahead of the general elections, our national executive committee passed a resolution to form an electoral pact with the UPND ahead of the election. A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was publicly signed at Chainama Hotel to that effect. The pact proved to be a formidable force of energy towards the elections. The nature of the MoU was restricted to the elections of August 2016. We ran a great race together with our colleagues,” Mumba said.
“We have learnt a lot from each other, appreciated each other’s strengths and encouragements…laughed together, cried together, campaigned together, hoped together. The National Executive Committee at our sitting yesterday took administrative notice that the MoU expired with the UPND after the 2016 elections. But some people still believe that that alliance still exists but that contract expired immediately after the 2016 elections. It is important for us to know that it is nothing to do with whether we have fallen out with our colleagues or not. That document we signed expired. Efforts to do a new contract have not yet come to fruition. Having said this, I want to reaffirm the position of the MMD that as I speak now, the MMD does not belong to any particular formal alliance because that contract we signed with the UPND expired after the elections. Now we look to the future. Every political party is busy reorganising itself. MMD must also organise itself.”
Mumba said if there would be any need for political alliances moving forward, the party would decide.
He said although there was no alliance now between MMD and UPND, the two parties remained committed to each other in terms of fighting for the freedoms and liberties of Zambians.
Mumba said the MMD membership had suffered great pain and shame in the past two and a half years since the challenges of the party begun.
“Our members have been ostracised, ignored, and in most cases humiliated. As your president, I feel your pain, the humiliation, and the anxiety that you have felt over the past years. It’s been a terrible experience that I would never wish my worst enemy. Our members have been extremely disillusioned by the events of the last two years. As your president, like I have said, I understand your pain,” Mumba said.
“I wish the assault on our party had not come under my watch. But God allowed it that during the time that I am president this assault came on us…the attack came on our institution. It is up to us now to show leadership in the midst of this pain and assault on our party. I would like to say I salute all of you for solidly standing for the truth. It’s been a difficult journey. It’s been a painful journey but without you and your support, we would not have come this far. As president of your party, I take responsibility for all that has happened under my watch and I wish to apologise to members nationwide who were confused as to what really happened to us. I just want to assure you that justice is costly; justice takes a long time and justice demands patience. If you are impatient, you will go out without justice. Our colleagues believed we were going to become so impatient and tired…that we will abandon the fight for the liberties and freedoms of our party MMD but they were wrong because we are still here and still standing for this party.”
Mumba accused the Felix Mutati group of testing the strength of the MMD by organising a convention outside the sanctity the party constitution.
“For two years, they have continued to defy the very spirit of our Constitution and the spirit of our founding fathers. We salute the learned judges of the Supreme Court for clearly indicating in their three judgments where the authority of the MMD lies. It lies in the hands of the legitimately elected leadership, which was ushered in at our last party convention in 2012 led by myself. The MMD Constitution has no clauses for a coup de tat. Our colleagues who are now under litigation attempted to change the history and nature of our movement by using money to create an alternative MMD leadership. This, thanks to the courts has been thrown out in three different selected Supreme judgments. December 18, 2014, August 5, 2016 and April 10, 2018,” said Mumba.