Monday, May 07, 2012
By Bright Mukwasa
Mon 07 May 2012, 12:00 CAT
SACCORD says there is nothing plausible that the MMD is doing to shrug off its corruption tag.
Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes information officer Obby Chibuluma said the former ruling party must be seen to be doing something in terms of fighting corruption within its ranks if people were to change the corruption perception of the former ruling party.
Chibuluma was commenting on MMD presidential aspirant Kabinga Pande's statement during the party's card renewal exercise in Kitwe on Saturday that it is unfair to suggest that MMD was a party for corrupt people.
He said the MMD must distance itself from all leaders either convicted or facing corruption related allegations if it was serious about removing that tag.
"There are so many leaders who are either appearing in court or have been convicted for having abused their power as well as being involved in corruption. So when people talk of the MMD being corrupt, it's basically from that background that the party has had a history of corruption," Chibuluma said.
"The party continues to embrace these leaders who are suspected to have abused their authority. That won't help them in terms of taking away the tag…there's absolutely nothing visible that the MMD is doing to bring about change within its ranks."
Chibuluma said MMD should also account where they got the money they used to buy expensive campaign materials during last year's elections.
Pande said if there were corrupt people in MMD, they must be dealt with individually using the law and not put the entire blame on the former ruling party.
"I have challenged those who say that MMD is a corrupt party. I'm not corrupt myself. If you have a family of 20 and in that family there are three thieves, you can't say that family they are all thieves. I dispute sentiments from some people that the MMD was corrupt for 20 years," Pande said.