The ruling Patriotic Front (PF) says the re-branding of the opposition Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) will not make Zambians forget their misdeeds in their 20-year rule
which the Party Secretary General has described as sugar-coated repentant meant to dupe the people of Zambia.
PF Secretary General Wynter Kabimba noted that the sugar-coated claim by MMD leader Pastor Nevers Mumba that the MMD has repented will not stop the wear-and-tear that the MMD is going through.
Mr Kabimba observed that Dr Mumba’s claim that the party has repented is aimed at hoodwinking the nation to believe that Dr Mumba stands opposed to corruption that he said has formed the backbone of the MMD’s character.
Mr Kabimba charged that state of the Zambian economy today, the dilapidation of social services in the areas of health and education, the poverty and misery of the Zambian people, and the high levels of unemployment among the youth and women of Zambia are all problems
created by the MMD during its 20-year tenure which Zambians cannot forget by merely rebranding the party.
In a statement released to ZANIS by PF Party Media and Publicity Director Chanda Mfula, the PF Secretary General noted that the claim that MMD has repented is not genuine as Dr Mumba has been issuing unwarranted attacks aimed at undermining President Sata and the PF government’s efforts to fight corruption.
“It is a show of double standards for Pastor Mumba to condemn, yet still condone corruption, just because that is what is expedient for his survival as MMD leader. It is clear from his statements that Pastor Mumba has launched a spirited attack on the fight against corruption,” Mr Kabimba added.
He said the PF finds it strange for Dr Mumba to proclaim that those who will be convicted of corruption by the Courts will be asked to resign from their leadership positions in the MMD, when he is in the forefront of attacking, undermining, and scandalizing the legal process that is meant to clear or convict those facing corruption charges.
Mr Kabimba has since challenged Dr Mumba to state if he would step down if convicted of corruption as he has not stated whether he will do so.
He stated that if the MMD is genuine in their rebranding exercise, they should go beyond screening their leadership on the basis of convictions or legal processes alone and ascribe to standards built on humility, morality and integrity.
He added that if true reformation were to take root in the MMD, not even Pastor Mumba would be fit to lead the former ruling party.
“It should be appreciated that the corruption in the MMD is tied to the acts of certain individuals in its current and former leadership,some of whom Pastor Mumba has been eulogizing, a situation we in thePF find curious. We challenge Pastor Mumba to reconcile his anti-corruption and repentance claims with his continued association, within his ranks, with people whose characters are blighted by corruption and mischief,” Mr Kabimba noted.
The state of the Zambian economy today, the dilapidation of social services in the areas of health and education, the poverty and misery of the Zambian people, and the high levels of unemployment among the youth and women of Zambia are all problems created by the MMD during its 20-year tenure.