The Movement For Multiparty Democracy (MMD) has distanced itself from the tribal remarks made recently by the party’s acting National Treasurer Elizabeth Chitika- Molobeka during a campaign rally in Kasama.
Mrs Molobeka is reported to have urged the people of Northern province not to be ashamed to vote for MMD presidential candidate Nevers Mumba because he is their son just like the people of Southern Province are not ashamed to vote for their son Hakainde Hichilema.
But Dr Mumba has said in a statement released to ZANIS in Lusaka today that Mrs Molobeka’s remarks did not represent the policy and position of the party.
He has clarified that MMD is a national movement established by Zambians from all provinces by the likes of Akashambatwa Mbikusita-Lewanika, Humphrey Mulemba, Emmanuel Kasonde, Baldwin Nkumbula and Fredrick Chiluba.
Dr Mumba said the diversity of MMD founders confirm the national character of the movement further stating that MMD is the only party that could boast of having been led by presidents from four different provinces and tribes.
He said MMD under his leadership will never go tribal as such a position would compromise his Christian faith and values.
Dr Mumba said politicians who use tribe to affirm themselves are morally bankrupt because tribe should only be used to define diversity which is the bedrock of any healthy society.
“My comment is that Zambians should vote for a capable candidate who is good for Zambia but not based on tribe. People in Southern province should vote for Zambia’s best candidate, just as their counterparts in Northern province should vote for Zambia’s best candidate. Tribe alone is not enough to determine the suitability of a candidate,” he said.