2 August 2012

Zambia: Avoid Insults, Nevers Urges MMD Members

OPPOSITION MMD president, Nevers Mumba has called on party members to remain peaceful and offer constructive criticism to the Patriotic Front (PF) Government.

He said in Lusaka yesterday at a mobilisation meeting in Mandevu Constituency that MMD members should be disciplined and desist from the culture of insults and engaging themselves in violent activities.

Dr Mumba said party members should concentrate on providing positive criticism to the Government by offering concrete checks and balances aimed at fostering national development. "No MMD member should insult the PF and be involved in violent activities. Let us remain united and fight PF by challenging them on their failed campaign promises for us to get back into power in 2016," he said.

He said MMD was the strongest opposition party in the country and that it could only bounce back into power by capitalising on failed PF campaign promises. He said he and his United Party for National Development counterpart Hakainde Hichilema were not a problem to PF and that President Michael Sata should not target them but should instead focus on developing the country.

Dr Mumba said in the next few weeks, he would announce the MMD shadow cabinet that would lead the party and employ effective mechanisms to be re-elected. He, however, warned that he would not tolerate any party member abrogating the party regulations as they would risk being expelled for being indisciplined and lacking loyalty to the party.

"There is no army that has won a war without being disciplined. If we remain disciplined, focused and recruit more members, MMD will bounce back into power," Dr Mumba said. He promised to upgrade the University Teaching Hospital (UTH) by making it a superior health institution providing quality health services on the African continent.

Speaking at the same occasion, losing NMD Mandevu parliamentary candidate, Canissius Banda said Dr Mumba was a gift from God to uplift the welfare of Zambians and appealed to members to rally behind his leadership. MMD Malambo Constituency Member of Parliament, Maxwell Mwale said the opposition party was still strong and that party members should remain loyal and work together.

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