It was one of those unsuspecting lazy Sunday afternoons when the most random of acts happened. MMD leader Nevers Mumba put up a show that Oscar Awards judges would have taken interest in the category of ‘TV Clown of the Year’.
Close associates of Nevers Mumba told Tumfweko that ‘the boss’ has been having sleepless nights lately following clandestine tactics by his picker, former president Rupiah Banda, to dislodge him from the top of the former ruling party and subjugate him to the role of number two to UPND top man Hakainde Hichilema.
To add salt and chilli to the injury, President Sata did not spare the former clergy when the head of state responded to the MMD leader’s sarcastic letter. President Sata, in his letter, reminded Pastor Mumba of his decision to abandon his party to accept the position of vice president in late president Levy Mwanawasa’s government. This was in response to pastor Mumba’s accusations that President Sata was destroying democracy by appointing opposition MPs to government.
As if that was not enough, Pastor Mumba was told off by his own MPs, whom he threatened to expel. “We have the blessings of Rupiah Banda,” they said, obviously reminding the pastor that RB was still firmly in charge of the MMD’s destiny.
Just when you thought he’s had enough, another bombshell hit him. He was told that two more of his MPs had chosen to serve government. The former Man-of-God could not take it anymore and he told his aides: “Baiche tiyeni tumumone Sata, achilamo!”
Carrying along with him, the notoriously violent MMD cadre, Scorpion Kadobi, Pastor Mumba arrived at the State House gates and, without an appointment, demanded to see the president. “Bushe ba Sata emobali? Ndebafwaya!” he simmered
As he fumed and panted, security people advised Pastor Mumba to conduct himself in a sobre manner and make a proper appointment if he wished to meet the head of state. But the pastor was having none of this as he insisted on seeing the President, flanked by the infamous Kadobi.
The under pressure MMD boss, however, was driven off in his American Ford after his efforts proved futile, although in the vehicle, he told his aides that he had achieved his purpose since his antics were captured by TV cameras.
Back home he sat and waited for the 18:30 Muvi TV News and the 19:00hrs ZNBC Main News to see whether his antics grabbed the headlines.
“He looked a bit relieved after the incident,” said one of his handlers.