Allow petition to be heard, pleads Nevers

Filed under: Breaking News,Politics |
Nevers Mumba

Nevers Mumba

Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) faction leader Dr Nevers Mumba has pleaded with President Edgar Lungu to consider allowing the petition against his election be heard.

Dr Mumba said this in an open letter which was addressed and  delivered to President Lungu and the media.

Mumba said  Zambia is divided into half and for Lungu to govern a nation, he needs to satisfy the population that he won.

“The country is divided into half in terms of allegiance. To govern such a divided country needs to ensure that most of the population be fully satisfied that they have either won or lost an election. If this fact is not established, peace becomes illusive in a young democracy like ours,” he said.

Mumba said the truth Lungu needs is outside State House. He said it is outside both the PF Central Committee and Cabinet anf that it lies in the hearts of the ‘not so liked’ individuals who owe him nothing and vice versa.

“By proceeding with your inauguration you have deprived yourself an opportunity to legitimize your Presidency. In view of the developments of the past three months, it has become clear that your assumed victory is in question, not only by many Zambians but by a large part of the international community. This fact can be evidenced by the many Heads of state who declined the invitation to attend your inauguration. I know my colleagues surrounding you have found a way to explain this dilemma away. In diplomacy, if only two presidents out of 54 respond to an inauguration it clearly means that they may not want to associate with that particular event.”

Dr Mumba also asked Lungu to listen to individuals and stakeholders who have called for the petition to be fairly heard.

“Aditionally, we should all be deeply concerned when the three church mother bodies write a Pastoral letter distancing themselves due to the lack of transparency in the last election; when local monitors like FODEP confirm that the election was fraudulent and not free and fair; when observers like the European Union and the Carter Center state that the election was not free and fair; when civil society like SACCORD question the legitimacy of the election;when ECZ itself confesses that they had given you 8,000 extra votes in places like Lundazi erroneously; when world acclaimed constitutional lawyers like Professor Muna Ndulo confirms that the ConCourt failed to discharge justice; when three Judges made a private ruling to dispose of the petition; in all these circumstances, we should be deeply concerned.  (I will attempt to attach all these documents for ease of reference).

The MMD faction leader also said the inauguration was done hurriedly but Lungu can try and have a recourse in the failed confidence in his election by allowing the petition.

“With such dissent against the last election, I wish to repeat that your hurried inauguration could have been misconceived and may not be respected by many Zambians. I fully understand that I am not your advisor, but I am a Zambian with deep interest in the integrity of democratic processes in our country. The most favorable recourse you have would be to allow the Petition to be heard. This alone will free our nation from unnecessary conflict and allow us all to place development at the center of our debate. I would like to advise that those of us who have served under a president who was petitioned understand that a petition is not an enemy of democracy but an effective healing balm of democracy.

“President Mwanawasa was petitioned by Anderson Mazoka.  I served as Vice President at the time. While the petition was always a source of great discomfort, it also served as a safety catch for the nation until the courts ruled on the case. Until your petition is heard, there remains no safety catch for the people of Zambia.

“I don’t expect you to listen to my counsel, but if you do, you will probably become one of the very few leaders today and in history to take advise from a person they profess to hate.  Someone who is not within the establishment.  I however consider myself qualified to offer you my views. Firstly, I have served under a petition when I deputized President Levy Mwanawasa, secondly, I am giving counsel as a fully ordained minister of the Gospel and thirdly as an active participant in the last electoralprocess,” Mumba explained.

“I wish to further advise that you caution and counsel those who speak on your behalf to start a new culture of answering the questions Zambians are asking instead of what they have become known for. They usually seek to insult and humiliate those who seek answers from your office. By responding with statements like, ‘Nevers is a failed politician,’ or ‘is a failed Pastor’, such rhetoric does not take away the issue at hand which is that Zambians want justice and want the petition to be heard. I urge them to first address themselves to the critical question at hand. Insulting us will not resolve the conflict on the table. Whether in their eyes one is viewed as an “irrelevant” citizen of Zambia or not, every Zambian deserves to be heard.”


31 Responses to Allow petition to be heard, pleads Nevers

  1. Pingback: Allow petition to be heard, pleads Nevers - Latest Africa News, Breaking News, Hot and Daily News

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Start: 2019-07-01 End: 2019-07-31