National Democratic Congress secretary general Mwenya Musenge announced yesterday that the former Patriotic Front vice-resident and Lusaka Central member of parliament, and PF Roan member of parliament Chishimba Kambwili will be the party’s guest speakers at the meeting.
The new party was scheduled to have its Lusaka meeting at Chainama Hotel yesterday but was cancelled after police advised the conveners to make a fresh application following their change of venue.
The NDC paid for its meeting in the Showgrounds but at the last minute, the Lusaka Show Society changed its mind and the party opted for Chainama Hotel.
However, when they went to notify the police about change of venue, they were advised to make a fresh application seven days in advance.
During a press briefing, Musenge, who was expelled from the PF recently and opted to form the NDC, said his party was disappointed by the police’s action.
“This is very unprofessional of the police. It is such things that create tension among the people. It is such things that cause demonstrations and chaos within the nation. Us in NDC are peace-loving people and therefore we endeavor to restrain ourselves from losing our tempers and avoid behaving in a manner that is destructive,” Musenge said. “We have decided to apply afresh and hopefully this time around, there will be no excuses. Zambia is a multiparty dispensation where each political party is supposed to be allowed to carry out their functions. As NDC, we have a duty to grow the party, we have a duty to grow the membership.”
The former Copperbelt minister pleaded with the PF not to interfere with the NDC activities.
“At this important gathering that was cancelled, we were going to be graced by two very special guests – Dr Guy Scott and Chishimba Kambwili. Come next Saturday, the two guest speakers have already confirmed their availability,” Musenge announced. “Those who want to come and listen, join the party, come.”
He also said his party was very disappointed by President Edgar Lungu’s attack on the judges, saying it was uncalled for.
“It’s a breach of our constitution, more especially that his His Excellency Edgar Chagwa Lungu, the Head of State of this country, is supposed to be custodian of the Constitution. We appeal to MPs; this is a very serious thing which can call for an impeachment of the President. And therefore, the honorable members of parliament should seriously look at this and see what they can do,” said Musenge.
“Just like other organisations, as NDC, we demand that Lungu should quickly retract that statement. It is an infringement on the rights of the judiciary. Moreover, he is a learned lawyer who understands law. It is our belief as NDC that His Excellency the President has exhibited high levels of failure in governance and it is important that he steps down and paves the way for someone else.”
Meanwhile, NDC member of central committee Menyani Zulu claimed that the Copperbelt had moved to NDC.
“We are so popular that no political party can be compared to NDC. PF, UPND, we are not at the same level. We have taken over a number of PF structures – Mufulira, Kalulushi and Ndola. We are now building on. We are lucky our political consultant [Chishimba Kambwili] has helped us. In NDC, there is light at the end of the tunnel. We are moving at a very fast speed. We have gone into auto cruise now,” said Zulu.