Friday, December 16, 2011

(LUSAKATIMES) Sata was best opposition politician in Africa – Nevers Mumba

Sata was best opposition politician in Africa – Nevers Mumba
TIME PUBLISHED - Thursday, December 15, 2011, 6:49 pm

Aspiring Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) presidential candidate Nevers Mumba has described President Michael Sata as the best opposition political leader Africa has ever produced.

And Dr. Mumba has disclosed that he will join the Patriotic Front (PF) government in its celebrations to mark 90 days of being in power. Dr. Mumba said President Sata is a visionary man hence his 10 years persistence of being in the opposition and later becoming Head of State.

He was speaking on the Zambia National Broadcasting Corporation (ZNBC) television live sponsored political programme dubbed “National Watch” monitored by the Zambia News and Information Services (ZANIS) in Lusaka today.

Dr. Mumba called on President Sata to allow opposition political parties in the country to constructively criticize his government’s policies just the way he criticized the MMD when it was in power.

He, however, cautioned the Patriotic Front against limiting itself to its 90 days deadline of delivering development adding that electoral pledges on development cannot be done in 90 days.

And Dr. Mumba has described the electoral defeat of the MMD in the September 20, 2011 tripartite elections as a blessing in disguise.

Dr. Mumba has since urged MMD members to quickly recover from the election loss to the PF adding that the gap in the previous election results was minimal.

He explained that Zambians wanted regime change at the time and that there was no way the MMD would have influenced the people to vote for it.

Dr. Mumba reiterated his call to MMD members to remain optimistic and realistic if the party is to retain power in the 2016 General Elections.

And responding to a question from the moderator of the programme Kunda Mando on whether he was a politician or a Man of God, Dr. Mumba stated that he cannot separate politics and God.

He explained that he can only influence the development of this country if God continues to speak to him.

Dr. Mumba also said he will provide the best leadership once elected MMD president.

He argued that he had more time to influence MMD members because he was not a Member Parliament (MP).

He also pledged full support to whoever will be elected as MMD president in an event that he tumbles.


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