HOME Affairs Minister Edgar Lungu’s threat to use the law to drive the MMD into total extinction is a serious sign of misplaced priorities by the Patriotic Front (PF) government and is inimical to the promotion of good governance, says MMD North Western Province leadership.
MMD provincial Secretary Emmanuel Chihili told the Daily Nation that it was retrogressive for the PF government and specifically Mr. Lungu to become the arresting officer, prosecutor and judge at the same time in internal matters of a club (MMD) that he does not belong to.
He said that it was disappointing that the PF government was advocating for lawlessness by choosing to pay a blind eye to the fact that the confusion in the MMD was created and perpetuated by the PF leadership whose desire was to see the MMD die.
Mr. Chihili said “As MMD in Northwestern Province, we find threats by Minister for Home Affairs Edgar Lungu that “he may be forced to use the law to drive the MMD into total extinction if leaders of the former ruling party fail to resolve the two factions” as misplaced and inimical to good governance. We are very disappointed that a leader who superintends over law and order in Zambia under his ministry like Hon. Edgar Lungu can choose to close his eyes and pretend and mislead the nation that there are two factions in MMD. It is very retrogressive in this time and era for the minister to become the arresting officer, prosecutor and judge at the same time in internal matters of a club (MMD) that he does not belong to,” he said.
Mr. Chihili said that MMD disciplinary committee actions’ against its members did not and couldn’t in any way become a danger to peace and order as, ” Mr. Lungu claims on one hand yet leave the two imposters, Major Richard Kachingwe and Catherine Namugala, to masquerade as MMD members when they were not on the other hand. It is very sad and unfortunate.”
He said that Mr. Lungu’s knee jerk statements have been triggered by the failure by the former Registrar of Societies Mr. Andeleki and expelled former MMD National Secretary Major Kachingwe to force the MMD into oblivion using all machinations that were unleashed on the party.
“We are now convinced that a cartel has been orchestrated through Andeleki, Kachingwe and Namugala to ensure that MMD was wiped out by powers that be because Hon Lungu seems to have confirmed it by insinuating that there were two factions in MMD when in fact not. We assume that the Minister may be has brought himself in the open and exposed himself that he has been party to the machinations to artificially and forcefully wipe out the MMD since Andeleki, Kachingwe and Namugala have lamentably failed to achieve it and are no longer in pole positions to execute that ordeal,” he said.
Mr. Chihili has since appealed for sobriety in leaders who were charged with the governance of the country to be level headed urging them to level the playing field for all stakeholders to champion their cause without contempt and oppression.
He said that the MMD would pose no threat to the nation for expelling Maj. Kachingwe and Ms. Namugala from the party.