MMD spokesperson Dr Cephas Mukuka says the party strongly appreciates calls for reconciliation from the Felix Mutati faction but says it should first apologise for the damage and pain caused.
This follows a call from youths in the former ruling party for Mutati and president Nevers Mumba to reconcile in the interest of the party.
National chairperson Dauzeni Tembo on Monday said the leadership impasse had paralysed the party.
“We as the youths of the Movement for Multiparty Democracy would today like to comment on the state of our party. The current leadership impasse between Dr Nevers Mumba and Hon Felix Mutati has negatively affected our party. Our members especially us the youths are fed up with this because it has paralysed our party,” Tembo said.
But Dr Mukuka said while the MMD strongly appreciates the calls of reconciliation from the Mutati faction, an apology was needed beforehand.
“We are indeed strong believers of reconciliation and forgiveness. We are equally strong and firm believers of the rule of law. The calls to reconcile with the Felix Mutati-led faction have come rather too late,” he said.
“We have to appreciate the fact that our case with them is before the courts of law and that our hands for now are tied up. We would rather give room and chance to the courts to determine the case and thereafter see what comes next.”
He said it should be well noted that the matter had been in court for three years now, “coupled with 20 applications from friends whose applications they have lost with huge costs.”
“For now the best our friends should do is to render in an apology publicly as they have done to call for reconciliation. The three years in question have been bitter on our party to the extent of failing to properly mobilise the party. We have been good and sure victims of the police by denying us permits to hold meetings,” said Dr Mukuka.
“We have spent huge sums of money on this matter, whose monies could have helped us to rebrand our party. Along the way we have lost potential members. Once again we appreciate the calls to reconcile but for now an apology on the damage and pain caused to us…. Secondly, we wait for the wiser courts to clear the matter. It’s at that point that maybe we can reconsider the calls for the same.”