Times of Zambia/allAfrica

IN a move to endear itself to the electorate, the MMD has tendered a profuse apology to the nation for its past misdeeds and has also discarded its tainted name.

And MMD president, Nevers Mumba has charged that he will not work with people who have been labelled as corrupt or any of those who have been convicted by the courts of law for various transgressions.

Sources within the MMD yesterday confirmed to the Times of Zambia that the former ruling party has resolved to discard the name Movement for Multi-party Democracy and replaced this with Mother of Multi-party Democracy.

The sources said senior party members felt the 20-year-old political party was no longer a movement but one which ruled the country and was key to bringing about democracy in Zambia.

The decision is said to have been made at the just-ended three-day retreat that the MMD had been having in the outskirts of Lusaka Province.

“A lot of issues were discussed during the retreat and one of them was the changing of the name to Mother of Multi-party Democracy,” the source said.

The source further said that it was also agreed that the party’s slogan, ‘The Hour Has Come’, which was equally outdated, should be redone.

The new slogan according to the source would be based on creating hope in the minds of the people.

The source said of paramount importance at the retreat was the issue of funding.

They said one of the MMD founder members, Vernon Mwaanga, gave an inspirational talk on the need for all members to work hard and contribute to the well-being of the former ruling party.

Mr Mwaanga is said to have told the gathering that at the time MMD started in the 1990â-‘s, the party had no funds and wondered why issues of finance should be a problem today.

“VJ told us that the MMD started without money and that at that time all people in it worked together to ensure that it took over from UNIP. This is the kind of spirit he says should be exhibited now.

“All of us should contribute to the party in one way or the other. There is need for a fighting spirit and this should not only be left to the party president.”  Read more…