Mpombo dismisses as political gibberish call for MMD de-registration

George Mpombo
George Mpombo

The Opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) President George Mpombo has described as political gibberish the statement that the Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) should voluntarily de-register if party president Nevers Mumba remains defiant to calls for a convention.

MMD spokesperson Dora Siliya has been quoted to have warned that if the former ruling party waits until 2016 to have Dr. Mumba removed as party President there will be no MMD to talk about the more reason it should de-register itself if it fails to raise money for holding of an extraordinary convention to elect new office-bearers.

But Dr. Mpombo, who is also former Defense Minister under the previous MMD regime, has told Qfm news that the idea of having the former ruling party de-registered on the basis of Dr. Mumba’s alleged defiance to calls for a convention has no substance and does not make any sense.

Dr. Mpombo adds that such kind of reasoning as has been attributed to Ms. Siliya is also hollow and politically bankrupt as there is no person in his right frame of mind who would subscribe to the de-registration of the former ruling party on the basis of what he has termed as petty wrangles.

The PDP president says what the MMD should instead do is to understand the important role it plays in the working of the country%u2019s democracy especially that it is the biggest opposition political party.

He says it is for this reason that people that are calling for de-registration of the MMD are on the wrong side of history as they do not understand the important role that the former ruling party plays in the democratization process of the country.

The opposition leader says what should also be understood is that the issue is not about Dr. Mumba being the MMD president but that it is about the MMD being the biggest opposition political with the capacity to provide check and balances to the Patriotic Front (PF) government.

He says it is on this basis he also finds the maneuvers to have Dr. Mumba removed as the MMD president as being a parochial agenda as it goes against the very purpose of the existence of the former ruling party.