Change is inevitable. Only a fool will resist it.
Change, however is not synonymous with progress, as UNIP the former ruling party has discovered to its serious discomfiture.
Sometimes even the most progressive and successful organizations must undergo change because they must seek greater synergy, market share or brand remodelling.
So what change should the MMD undergo?
For a start, the party must accept its loss of allure, which came with the territory accompanying loss of political power influence and therefore the ability to dispense largesse, favours and brown envelopes to adoring members. This dubious virtue and ability now lies with the ruling Patriotic Front (PF) which is dispensing with furious abandon.
That MMD, now in opposition must change, is therefore not a matter of debate it is a matter of course. What is worrying and seriously disconcerting is the manner in which the change is being driven.
Why would senior members of the party who have hitherto kept quiet suddenly decided to patronize hostile media, which has never supported the cause of the party nor promoted its interest in the past.
It may be understandable that the complaints against Dr. Mumba maybe justified but not a single member of the party would agree that the best way of resolving this would be to go outside the NEC and demand for an extraordinary convention which can only be attained if the NEC passes such a resolution or indeed if the majority of provinces petition in this manner none of which has happened. We certainly do not agree that the President and the NEC should be exchanging vituperatives through a media that cherishes every word that signals the demise of the former ruling party.
It is unfortunate that many of the founding fathers of the party have decided not to express themselves fully on the current situation because it negates the values for which the MMD was established. Among the core principles of the party was the promotion of a robust exchange of views and ideas internally and through multi party democracy externally.
There were many times after Garden House that heated debates were experienced within the leadership of the MMD, but never was this taken outside to be displayed to the public because this it would have undermined the credibility of the party and most importantly it would have undermined the focus, cohesiveness and impetus towards change.
Instead of the public bickering we suggest that the next NEC meeting to be held in a few days time must deal with the matter decisively so that a clear way forward is charted. No more pandering to the media, either way.
It is unacceptable that a party that introduced multi-party democracy in this country can fail to manage its own divergence of ideas within the party.
And let there be no doubt that there are those within the party who will support the move to change and there are those who may decide to support Dr. Mumba. Ultimately it must be the group with the best ideas and with the best programmes forward that must prevail.
Democracy is about numbers and time has come for the MMD to go back to its fundamentals and if need be call upon the founders to give guidance.