I am a member of the MMD and working at the MMD secretariat in Lusaka. I am saddened that two of my colleagues, namely Katyetye and Kafumukache have found themselves in the problems they have because we have a party President who does not understand the culture of the organization and worse still, he thinks he knows better and does not consult those who have been in the party for a long time.
It is sad that as MMD, we were misled by National Secretary Richard Kachingwe, acting on instructions from former President Rupiah Banda that all NEC and PEC should organize to vote for Nevers Mumba instead of Felix Mutati. It took people like Dora Siliya to deceive party structures that Mumba was a better leader. There was a lot of money that was used to buy votes by Nevers Mumba’s camp and the National Secretary knows this for a fact. To our own stupidity, we agreed and worked tirelessly to put Nevers Mumba in Office.
Ever since we elected Mumba as Party President, MMD has never been the same. He thinks he is bigger than everyone else and even when he issues threats to expel MMD MPs serving in Government, the party advised him against the move. He took a risk and experimented on Stephen Masumba. What have we reaped from that? We have lost a seat and MMD has come out of Mufumbwe weaker than ever before. This is the damage Mumba is causing the party. We were all shocked when he stormed State House and suffered humiliation because we thought instead of going there alone, he could have organized senior members of MMD, including some MPs to accompany him, but he went with Kadobi, Bowman, Mtonga etc- cheap and pure cadres. The party was embarrassed. When Michael Kaingu tore President Sata’s speech, Mumba was advised not to issue any statement but he went ahead and supported Kaingu. At the end of the day, Kaingu apologized and regretted his decision, where did this leave Mumba and the MMD? We looked like fools and he has continued to embarrass the party. He went ahead and announced that MMD would frustrate the 2013 National Budget, again MMD is a laughing stock because the budget debate is on course and the party is participating in deliberations. He went to jog in Mumfumbwe instead of campaigning.
I am asking the party membership and leadership to ensure that before its too late, an extra-ordinary convention must be called to stop MMD from its complete death. MMD cannot be led by Mumba and Kaingu and Mumfumbwe has just opened our eyes. Mumba cannot even stop Kaingu and Bowman from attacking the UPND because even if there are differences, these could be resolved at the level of Party Presidents with Nevers calling HH directly.
Mumba is not helping the secretariat to fundraise for party operations. He promised that he has networks in Canada and America and if we elected him, he will raise funds. This was not to be to an extent that even when he had to go to Serenje for Howard Kunda’s by-election, he took the last money in the office, saying he needed it for gas.
Lastly, we regret that we disappointed Lunte MP Felix Mutati, a man who has been with us for years and has proved loyalty to the party. He has contributed immensely to the MMD. Nevers lied to us in the party that Mutati was PF and was going around with the Post Newspaper that carried a picture of President Sata and Mutati during the late George Kunda’s funeral.
He lied that after the loss, Mutati would defect to the PF. Mutati has remained quite and playing a low profile because of Nevers Mumba’s leadership styles. Mutati is not bitter but we know that he just laughs in his heart that as a party, we did not know what we were doing. Mutati would have focused on issues and not on fighting President Sata. Mutati would have been holding government responsible on several issues. Mutati’s type of politics is what Zambia needs and would have assisted MMD to start afresh. Mutati is more respected within and outside MMD than Nevers. Nevers promised the punch for punch but to this day, the punch for punch has robbed us of one parliamentary seat. I know I speak for many in the MMD that we regret the Mumba Presidency.
We are giving Mumba one week to get our colleagues who were arrested out of trouble otherwise we will beat him up. He was busy boasting that MMD wasMready to defend itself if confronted by the PF because he knew that there were machetes, stones and catapults. The police must record a statement from Nevers as well. He knew what he was talking about. We know he is doing all this so that he gets Sata’s attention for a job and everyone jokes about it that if offered a job, he cannot refuse.
Yours in distress,
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