“We Shall Sort Out Mutati”

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 Chairperson Mr Denson Chisunka says that it is wishful thinking that MMD President Dr Nevers Sekwila Mumba can be easily removed and replaced by his political enemies. And Mr Chisunka said Copperbelt MMD shall “sort out” Mr Mutati.

Reacting to a statement attributed to MMD former Provincial Vice-Chairman Mr George Kangwa who said that Central Province had endorsed Lunte MP Mr Felix Mutati and Liuwa MP Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane as his running mate for the upcoming 2016 elections, Mr Chisunka said it was shocking that Mr Kangwa could be quoted as speaking on behalf of MMD when he was expelled from MMD.

“Kangwa is an impostor and was expelled sometime back so I wonder how some media houses can be quoting him as representing the MMD. They should do their research and ask us who our current party officials are,” said Mr Chisunka.

“And we wish to warn Mutati that his days are numbered. Let him continue his nonsense of sponsoring stooges like Kangwa to speak for him. We shall sort out Mutati if he tries to come here in the Copperbelt to cause confusion. MMD has only one president in Dr Mumba who has a five year mandate that expires in 2017. So all this talk of electing a new MMD president in 2016 is nonsense and an attempt to disobey our constitution. Dr Mumba has stood firm and defended the party against all its enemies, unlike Mutati who is just a political prostitute, a ‘muselela kwakaba’.”

“Mutati helped to almost completely destroy the great MMD together with Rupiah Banda and other MMD MPs who supported UPND and PF in the last election in January. He never campaigns for MMD or contributes financially apart from the normal MP contributions. But today he wants to deceive people that Dr Mumba has failed to run MMD when he is the biggest failure and coward who never stood up to [Michael] Sata when he tried to destroy MMD,” said Mr Chisunka.

“We ask Mr Mutati to tell the nation why he was removed as the MMD Whip in Parliament. Mr Mutati’s loud silence in the House led to the voices of ‘MMD is dead’. Many MPs confronted him to try to persuade him to overcome the great fear he had for Sata which caused him to be frozen in Parliament and be completely unable to defend the MMD MPs in the House from the harassment of the PF and President Sata,” said Mr Chisunka.

Mr Chisunka further said Mr Mutati went into hibernation and only “tutubukad” (woke up) after the death of the President Michael Sata. He said he was shocked at how Mr Mutati went on a countrywide tour during the last Presidential election, vigorously campaigning for Hakainde Hichilema, something he has never done for his own party the MMD in all the Parliamentary and Ward by-elections.

“Now Mutati wants to do an ‘RB’ on the Presidency. We know about the dark corner meetings he has been holding in Kitwe, Chingola, Chambeshi and other towns on the Copperbelt. We know of the meetings he has been holding in Eastern, Northern and other provinces unashamedly trying to sell himself as the only one who can save MMD. We are aware of brown envelopes exchanging hands at these meetings. What Mutati did in pulling part of MMD to the UPND is no different from what RB did, leaving a badly fragmented party to face the last elections,” said Mr Chisunka.