Speaking at a press briefing in Lusaka today, Dr Musumali disclosed that Dr M’membe could no longer continue to play a consultative role to every political party but that it was time for him to join fully.
“Comrade Fred M’membe is a member of the Socialist Party. This is a comrade who for years has always worked in the background. There is no political party in Zambia where he has not participated. He was there at the founding of the MMD with Mbita Chitala, Akashambatwa [Mbikusita Lewanika] and others. The National Party, he was part of it. Let’s not forget that he also supported the PF; he worked closely with Mr Sata, but he was aware of his role as a journalist,” Dr Musumali said.
He indicated that it was now time for Dr M’membe to play a different role.
“He is not going to be an advisor anymore; he is part of the leadership of the Socialist Party. If you attend our launch on Saturday, you will see him. And we have no apologies about it. Comrade M’membe has mentored a lot of politicians who are now members of parliament, both from the opposition and in the current government. In fact, some of them are occupying very senior positions in the current government, so his input should not be questioned; it speaks for him. And now it is his time to be fully involved,” Dr Musumali said.
He further told journalists that the Socialist Party would officially be launched this Saturday at King Fisher Court in Lusaka’s Jesmondine residential area.
And Dr Musumali warned critics of the opposition party against underestimating its impact, saying it was there to offer political and economic solutions people were yearning for.
“The question is; what is it that Zambians are crying for today? We in the Socialist Party are not generating ideas from our heads. If you engage Zambians out there, they will tell you that there is no justice in Zambia today. The elite are controlling everything in all government institutions, including the judiciary. Poverty is all over and people are crying,” Dr Musumali complained.
Meanwhile, Dr Musumali bemoaned the amount of compromise the judiciary had suffered at the hands of the PF government.
“The Zambian judiciary is highly compromised, just like any other government institution. We are dealing with a judiciary that is always taking the direction of those in power,” said Dr Musumali.