Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) President Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba has expressed dismay at the ongoing power struggle in the ruling Patriotic Front Government after the demise of the Republican President Michael Chilufya Sata on 28th October 2014. Dr Mumba says that it is shocking how PF party leaders are outdoing each other to succeed Mr Sata to the point that the nation is becoming ungovernable.
Dr Mumba said he is disappointed that last night, some PF cadres rioted and began burning tyres and throwing stones at vehicles after learning that PF Party Secretary General Edgar Lungu was fired by acting Republican and PF President Dr Guy Scott. “This kind of Stone Age politics is unacceptable,” Dr Mumba said. “This situation is regrettable for a nation that just celebrated 50 years of independence. It makes a mockery of the whole struggle for independence and reinforces the view that Africans are incapable of running their own affairs”, said Dr Mumba.
“In MMD, we never had this kind of senseless confusion. When our President Levy Mwanawasa passed away in 2008, we mourned and buried him with dignity and there was complete peace and harmony and a smooth transfer of power to Mr Rupiah Banda. We also had several leaders in MMD, more than ten, jostling to succeed Mr Mwanawasa but they did it respectfully. There were no violent warring factions and no MMD cadres rioting and insulting the memory of the late president,” Dr Mumba said.
Dr Mumba cautioned that if anarchy is allowed to take root in the nation as rival camps in PF fight each other, it can lead to chaos and political instability. He urged the PF to put its house in order for the sake of the 14 million Zambians, many of whom supported the PF but who will end up victims if the vicious power struggle continues.
“I urge Dr Scott and his team to think beyond their own interests and put the nation first. Let them put aside their differences and send off Mr Sata next week with honour and dignity. Then let them maturely choose the PF candidate to avoid unnecessary bloodshed and chaos. In the meantime, we expect the law enforcement agencies to be completely professional and avert any violence between rival factions in PF. I urge all Zambians to pray for our leaders so that we have peace and stability.”