PRESS STATEMENT FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
It is most unfortunate that the occasion of Zambia’s 49th independence anniversary was spoiled by utterances of the founding president of the Republic of Zambia, Dr. Kenneth David Kaunda, who turned it into a time to disparage the former ruling political party, the MMD, and other opposition political parties. The sour statements which Dr. Kaunda made have not gone well with right-thinking Zambians across the country. Everyone is surprised and asking the questions, “what is wrong with the Old Man?” or “has the Old Man joined politics contrary to the Republican Constitution on former heads of state?”
Former presidents are supposed to be statesmen and women who must conduct themselves well and with impeccable decorum. Dr. Kaunda is the Father of the Nation, and as such he must desist from thinking that he has friends and enemies in Zambia. Additionally, he has an immense responsibility to assist fellow Zambians in keeping the Unity of the Nation together. How does President Michael C. Sata become a great man today when he defected from the United National Independence Party in 1990 to campaign against him? Even vice president Scott was part of the anti-Kaunda and anti-UNIP campaigns at that time. It is very unfortunate and sad that Dr. Kaunda can stomach hate against the MMD up to this day. Losing democrats never hate victors.
The ruling Patriotic Front appears to be abusing the Old Man by making him its campaign manager following dwindling of its fortunes in popularity. Let it be known by the great Zambian people that the MMD cannot be shaken by such petty and false criticism from a senile retiree. The MMD made history which is there in words and figures to show who served the Zambian people better than the others between UNIP, MMD and now PF! The MMD, therefore, takes this opportunity to condemn Dr. Kaunda and his insults in the strongest terms possible and with the contempt they deserve.
Finally, but by no means the least, we urge the ruling party, the PF, to find constructive projects and programmes where former heads of state can be assigned instead of being “wild campaigners” or indeed appearing in courts on fabricated offences.
May God bless the Republic of Zambia.
Nevers Sekwila Mumba
PRESIDENT OF THE MMD
October 25, 2013