Lunte MP Felix Mutati (2nd right) with Zambia’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN Christine Kalamwina, on his left, at a panel discussion at UN Headquarters on 10 July, 2014. On his right are Rwanda Finance Minister Claver Gatete, UN Under-Secretary-General Gyan Chandra Acharya and Swiss Agency for Development's Pio Wennubst. PHOTO| CHIBAULA D. SILWAMBA | ZAMBIA UN MISSION
Lunte MP Felix Mutati

Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Copperbelt Province Information and Publicity Secretary Mr Peter Phiri has challenged MMD Lunte Member of parliament Mr Felix Mutati to come clean and clarify recent media reports suggesting that Mr Mutati was asking MMD President Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba to step down.

Commenting on the recent Radio Phoenix interview the Lunte lawmaker had earlier in the week in which he was quoted as saying that he is ready to run for the MMD Presidency and that there was confusion in the MMD, Mr Phiri said that Mr Mutati should publicly apologize to MMD members for playing a very big role in the destabilization of the party by supporting and vigorously campaigning for the United Party for National Development (UPND) president Hakainde Hichilema in the January 2015 Presidential elections.

Mr Phiri said that Mr Mutati was welcome to work with the MMD in the spirit of unity and reconciliation but must be sincere in his efforts and should be seen to be supporting the party. He said if Mr Mutati was quoted out of context in his interview, he should silence his critics by not only publicly setting the record straight, but by showing his support for the party by traveling with his president Dr Mumba all over the country and campaigning for the party during by-elections.

“Where was Mutati during MMD’s darkest hour? Where was Mutati when then Registrar of Societies, Clement Andeleki slapped a K400 million bill on the party with 7 days in which to pay? Where was Mutati when NAPSA sent bailiffs to the Party offices for a K279 million rent debt or when ZNBC, Times of Zambia and Daily Mail came with bills totaling over K500 million? Where was Mr Mutati when the party was lumbered with a K900 million legal bill?” asked Mr Phiri.

Mr Phiri has further challenged Mr Mutati to make a public statement to the MMD structures and the entire membership countrywide on what personal efforts he has made to strengthen and rebuild the party since it lost power in 2011.

“Mr Mutati was forgiven after appearing before the MMD Disciplinary Committee this year and should be grateful that he was not permanently expelled from MMD. We are now hearing disturbing reports that he is having dark corner meetings in the Copperbelt, in Eastern, Northern and other provinces. We are told that he is now trying to sell himself as the only one who can save MMD. We challenge him to publicly refuse if this is not true and set the record straight,” said Mr Phiri.