By: Bright Chikele….
FORMER MMD president Nevers Mumba has been blasted for rubbishing President Edgar Lungu’s decision to honour second republican president Frederick Chiluba by renaming Luapula University after the former head of State.
Mwansa Mbulakulima, the former Chembe Member of Parliament, said Dr Mumba should avoid picking a fight with President Lungu because the Head of State had made the right decision to honour Dr. Chiluba because the former president was a pioneer of democracy and economic development.
Mr Mbulakulima said Dr. Mumba, who was masquerading as MMD leader and parading himself before the UPND should know that the people of Luapula were happy with President Lungu’s decision to honour Dr. Chiluba.
He said in an interview that Dr Mumba was a bitter man after he was rejected by the general membership of the MMD in favour of Felix Mutati who is the current president of the former ruling party.
Mr Mbulakulima said Dr Mumba was associating his eviction from the MMD presidency to President Lungu whom he has accused of having sponsored the Kabwe national convention which saw the election of Mr Mutati as president.
He said the Patriotic Front (PF) and President Lungu had nothing to do with the failure by Dr Mumba to manage the MMD and the subsequent nation wide call for a convention to save the former ruling party from extinction. Mr Mbulakulima said Dr Mumba was a politically bruised man and should, therefore, leave President Lungu out of his bitterness because he would not be able to win another fight with the MMD.
“Dr Mumba is struggling to make himself relevant in the UPND and is issuing statements that can be provocative to the people of Luapula. President Lungu has made the people happy by honouring former president Chiluba by renaming Luapula University after him.
No matter how long it will take to construct the university, it will not change the fact that Dr Chiluba has been honoured for being the father and pioneer of democracy, economic transformation and free thinking in Zambia.
So let him take his bitterness somewhere else and leave President Lungu out of his tantrums,” Mr Mbulakulima said.
He said that all the former MPs in Luapula and the traditional leadership were happy that President Lungu had answered their long-standing wish to honour Dr Chiluba by remembering his works and achievements as second republican president.