MMD President Nevers Mumba has charged that Rupiah Banda has lost the dignity and respect he once had following his endorsement of PF presidential candidate Edgar Lungu.
Dr Mumba said the former President has disappointed many Zambians by opting to work with the PF, a party he fought hard against.
Dr Mumba was speaking in Lusaka Monday evening during a Newsmakers Forum public discussion organised by the Press Freedom Committee of the Post Newspapers.
“Zambians are asking, we thought you were just saying PF are the devils of the day, so what has changed? So, for me, I cannot speak against him as an elder brother, but I can say this: Zambians including myself do not look at him the way we looked at him the day before yesterday,” Dr Mumba said.
He added, “It is gone and it has been taken away from him and unfortunately it has also taken away from the campaign of Mr Edgar Lungu because nobody in his right mind is going to feel inspired to follow that example.”
The MMD leader observed that Mr Banda’s decision to work with the PF is sad and more than unfortunate.
Dr Mumba stated that grassroot MMD members are the ones that are hurt the most by Mr Banda’s move because they worked and sacrificed hard to make him Vice President and later President when he was incorporated from Chipata.
“I think all Zambians, the least they expected was for my elder brother to say, ok it does not look like am gonna run in this election, I will not run to support Nevers Mumba, but I will just stay awayand pray for this political process. But to go and surround yourself with people or group like that? I would have been more tactical myself and be surrounded by people from other provinces, but it now looks like an Eastern Province cartel,” he stated.