STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka
MMD president Nevers Mumba says the partyâ€™s national executive committee (NEC) has categorically resolved to support the Patriotic Front (PF) in the August 11 general elections.
Dr Mumba said in an interview on Tuesday that: â€œOur position is to have a favourable alliance with the PF. That is what the NEC resolved.â€
He, however, said what MMD national secretary Mwansa Mbulakulima told the nation is contrary to what NEC had agreed.
â€œWe mandated our national secretary (Mr Mbulakulima) to work out modalities but he has not done so, hence my writing to him so that he exculpates himself,â€ Dr Mumba said.
And yesterday Mr Mbulakulima said Dr Mumba should clearly state whether he wants to go into anÂ alliance with the PF or United Party for National Development (UPND).
Mr Mbulakulima said in an interview that Dr Mumba will do the country a great favour by openly and clearly stating his position on the issue of partnering with the PF ahead of the August general elections.
Mr Mbulakulima said he is surprised that Dr Mumba has questioned why he (Mr Mbulakulima) told the nation that the MMD is ready for a pact with the PF.
â€œThe statement I gave to the nation is a true reflection of the MMD NECâ€™s resolution to rally behind the PF,â€Â Mr Mbulakulima said.
He said the only thing he did not include when he announced the possible pact with the PF is the issue of conditions.
â€œConditions are discussed behind closed doors, not in the public,â€ he said.
Mr Mbulakulima said if negotiations are to be genuine, conditions must be discussed by a committee comprising both sides to reach a win-win situation.
â€œThe cornerstone of our pact is that the people of Zambia must be the greatest winners. So for Dr Mumba to write to me that I exculpate myself for saying MMD is going in an alliance with the PF shows lack of appreciation of my contribution to the MMD.
In a letter dated February 2, 2016 seen by this reporter, Dr Mumba warns of action against Mr Mbulakulima for declaring that the party (MMD) will go into an electoral alliance with the PF.
â€œCan you please respond in order to ascertain the next course of action,â€ the letter signed by Dr Mumba reads in part.
STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka