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

I and 26 MMD members of Parliament will stand on MMD and not UPND in the 2016. We only supported UPND and did not join.
LUNTE member of Parliament Felix Mutati has said that he has he has no intentions of crossing over to the United Party for National Development (UPND).
Responding to a question when he featured on Radio Phoenix’s ‘Let the people talk programme, Mr Mutati further said that the MMD MPs that supported the UPND in the January 20 presidential election intend to contest the 2016 parliamentary elections on the MMD ticket.
“I am MMD and will continue to be MMD. My position and 26 MMD members of Parliament is to stand on MMD and not UPND in the 2016 elections. We only supported UPND and not joined,” he said.
Mr Mutati also revealed that is ready to run for presidency if MMD members consider him but observes that there is confusion in the former ruling party.
Mr Mutati has also declared next year’s elections as a do-or-die for the MMD.
Mr Mutati said there was confusion in the former ruling party and the current leadership should step down to allow a new crop of leaders to take up the mantle.


“Things are not normal in the MMD, there is a lot of confusion. My appeal to our members who are tired is, let them be courageous enough to accept failure and step down for fresh members to take up the challenge,” he said.
And Mr Mutati says challenges in the mining sector can be resolved through constructive dialogue by Government and mining companies.
The former Minister of Commerce, Trade and Industry urged the two parties to continue dialoging.
“The problems in the mining sector can only be solved if all stakeholders are involved in constructive dialogue. Absence of dialogue is what is causing stakeholders to have conflicting statements, we should not wait until things are bad,” he said.