By SIMON MUNTEMBA
WE have been losing the by-elections not that we are not popular but because we are paying for the bad image and sins committed in the name of MMD by those who fought us and left the party, New Hope MMD president Nevers Mumba has said.
Dr Mumba said his team was making drastic changes to depart from the MMD of yesterday which faltered at the 2011 polls and to start on the path of a New Hope.
He said in a statement that MMD had incurred losses in the few by elections not because the party was not popular but because of the sins committed by those who left the party.
“Our opponents, we have been paying for the sins they committed in the name of MMD long before we took over the party,” Dr Mumba said.
Dr Mumba said the infighting that characterised the MMD previously had left scars on all the party members that fought in the political trenches.
“My team and I do fully understand the depth of damage our opponents have inflicted on the image of the party,” he said.
Dr Mumba, who expressed confidence in winning this year’s election, said the game changer in this coming election was the Church vote and not a tribal or party vote.
Meanwhile, Dr Mumba has commended President Edgar Lungu and Minister of Health, Jonas Chanda, for being cautious in the ordering of the COVID-19 vaccine.
He said President Lungu’s Government has done well not to be in a hurry to order the COVID-19 vaccine to avoid using untested vaccines.